The Lendlease Breakers State Challenge commenced over the weekend involving some of the best women cricketers in the country. The round robin tournament contains four rounds being played over the next month.
The first match between Sixers Black and Thunder Green was won by Thunder Green in a close finish at Raby Oval 2.
Thunder Green posted 7-216 from their 50 overs with Australian International Rachael Haynes (51) and Asha Smith (57) the standouts. The pair put together 84 for the first wicket, which set Thunder Green on their way to a competitive total.
In reply Sixers Black came close but fell just short. Georgia Redmayne (65) was the star with the bat as Sixers Black scored 209 in the 7-run defeat. Emma Newmann bowled economically for the Thunder with figures of 3-38 off 10 overs.
In the other Challenge match at Raby Oval 3, Thunder Black beat Sixers Magenta by six wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sixers Magenta could muster only 198. Ashleigh Gardner top-scored with 47.
Charlotte Anneveld was the chief destroyer with 4-24 off 9.5 figures.
In the chase, Thunder Black eased to victory on the back of half centuries to Rachel Trenaman (74 not out) and Nicola Carey (58). It was a good, all round game for Trenaman who also collected 3-57 from 10 overs with the ball.
The Thunder finished on 4-201 off 39.3 overs.
The Breakers State Challenge will continue on Thursday with Sixers Black taking on Sixers Magenta at Raby Oval 1.
Thunder Green will take on Thunder Black at Raby Oval 2. Both matches will start at 10am.