Kira hopeful Meteors can hit Fire for six

AFTER causing the upset of the competition on Wednesday, former CYMS all-rounder Kira Churchland and her ACT Meteors take on the Queensland Fire in today’s Women’s National Cricket League Twenty20 final at the WACA.

The Meteors downed a star-studded New South Wales Breakers team by 12 runs in the first game of the WT20 semi-final double-header, before the Fire demolished the Victoria Spirit by eight wickets to qualify.

With just a two-day turnaround the Meteors flew into Perth yesterday to prepare for the final, played as a curtain raiser to the Big Bash League final between the Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes.

Churchland said it was an incredible feeling to beat the Breakers, a team boasting four current Southern Stars and three others with international experience.

Despite the win she said the Meteors weren’t letting themselves get too carried away with the win.

“It was great to be a part of,” Churchland said.

“We all knew we could knock them off, it just so happened everything went to plan. Now we’ll prepare for Queensland.”

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Churchland said nerves would definitely play a part in the preparation.
“There is always a few nerves,” she explained.

“This is a big final, Queensland don’t have a star-studded team like NSW did, but they’re a good side. We’ll need to be ready.”

Churchland said the potential of playing in front of thousands of people was exciting.

“We did play a game at the GABBA before a Big Bash game earlier in the year,” she said.

“But hopefully the fans get out a bit earlier to watch us, it’ll be great. It’s also being broadcast which is huge. It’s great for women’s cricket, we need all the exposure we can get.

“Personally, I’ll do my best and take my chance if I’m needed.”

The ACT Meteors take on the Queensland Fire in the WT20 final from 11am today.

The game will be broadcast on One HD.

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