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NSW Breakers cruise to 18th WNCL title

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Normal service has resumed in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) after the NSW Breakers thumped the Queensland Fire by nine wickets in Saturday's final to claim their 18th championship.

The Breakers were barely troubled as they hauled in Queensland's meagre 119 - the lowest total posted in a match not affected by rain this season - in just 23.5 overs at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

It continues NSW's incredible dominance of the competition, after they lost last year's decider to South Australia to end a run of 10 consecutive titles.

For Queensland, previously unbeaten at home this season, their search for a maiden WNCL crown continues after their fourth defeat in a final - all of them to NSW.

"This is the most dominant performance we've had in a final," said Breakers captain Alex Blackwell, who finished on 36no as she secured her 13th career WNCL winner's medal.

"No disrespect to Queensland, they took us to pieces at the Gabba earlier this year. But we brought our best today. They didn't really come close."

Alyssa Healy (56no) hit the winning runs with a boundary, one ball after bringing up her half-century with a massive six.

The Fire won the toss but struggled badly with the bat and lost opener Beth Mooney with the first delivery of the contest.

Player of the match Rene Farrell did the brunt of the damage for NSW with figures of 3-20 from her destructive seven-over spell, from which Queensland never really recovered.

"Rene, she's such an amazing teammate to have and to captain her is a privilege," Blackwell said.

Jemma Barsby (30) top-scored for the Fire and her 53-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Delissa Kimmence (24) gave them a brief glimmer of hope.

But Kimmence was clean bowled in Breakers spinner Maisy Gibson's first over, before it took a spectacular diving catch from Blackwell to remove Barsby.

"I think today we rolled over a little bit," Kimmence said.

"It doesn't help losing a wicket on the very first ball. That obviously sends a bit of panic and nerves through the camp straight away and to lose four wickets in the first session wasn't ideal, and we just couldn't come back from that.

"It always hurts losing to New South, it hurts losing any final. We've been playing really good cricket and just to play (like) that, it's disappointing."

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