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Laura Marsh strikes as NSW Breakers reach NWCL final

Sunday 22nd November 2015

Women

Kent and England all-rounder Laura Marsh’s spin proved useful again as New South Wales Breakers secured a home final with back-to-back wins in the National Women's Cricket League.

The Sydney side beat ACT Meteors by 120 runs on Saturday and Victorian Spirit by ten wickets on Sunday to seal top spot in the NWCL.

The Pembury-born spinner took 1-19 off eight overs including three maidens as NSW dismissed Spirit, led by Australia captain Meg Lanning, for just 132.

Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy knocked off the runs without losing a wicket as the Breakers aim for an eleventh consecutive national title.

On Saturday, the 28-year-old scored seven at the Manuka Oval in Canberra as the Breakers posted 312 for six which the hosts never looked like chasing.

Australian Ashes-winners Alex Blackwell and Elysse Perry amassed a 232-run stand for the third wicket as the Breakers maintained their top spot.

In reply, Marsh dismissed former Australia spinner Kris Britt, caught by teenager Lauren Cheatle in the deep as ACT tried in vain to accelerate the run rate.

The Breakers will play second-placed South Australian Scorpions in the final at the Hurstville Oval next Sunday (29 November).

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