By The Numbers
Win-loss record: 3 wins, 5 losses
Highest total: 7-264 vs Western Australia at the WACA
Most wickets taken: Carly Leeson (9)
Best figures: Carly Leeson (4-33 from 5 vs Queensland at EPC Solar Park)
Best economy: Zoe Cooke (3.97)
Most runs scored: Katie Mack (418), second highest in the competition
Highest score: Madeline Penna (118* from 100 vs Western Australia at the WACA)
Best strike rate: Chloe Rafferty (96.66)
Most sixes scored: Nicola Hancock (5)
Most fours scored: Katie Mack (47)
The ACT Meteors unveiled four new faces during the 2020/21 season with Chloe Rafferty, Olivia Porter, Rebecca Carter and Gabrielle Sutcliffe all making their WNCL debuts in the blue and gold.
18-year old uncontracted Sutcliffe was as surprised as everyone when she took to the field against NSW on Sunday 7th March. With an injury to Rebecca Carter during the warm-up, Meteors coach Jono Dean turned to the young player from Corowa to make her debut. Sutcliffe showed she can match it against the biggest stars in the game, dismissing Australian star Alyssa Healy with her maiden WNCL wicket and picking up three wickets overall.
It was a season of milestones for Meteors opening batter Katie Mack. In the opening match of the year, the 27-year old got off a solid start with her knock of 54 bringing up her 1500th run for the Meteors. In the teams third hit-out of the season against South Australia, Mack carried her bat for an unbeaten 106 from 131 balls. Mack closed out the year celebrating her 50th WNCL match and came agonising close to her second ton of the season, out for 95. Those runs brought her season tally to 418, the second highest in the competition.
Other notable milestones
- Erin Osborne picked up her 100th WNCL wicket, dismissing Australian captain Meg Lanning
- Madeline Penna scoring her maiden WNCL century
- Gabrielle Sutcliffe three wickets on debut (3-66 v NSW at EPC Solar Park)
Meteors thrilling final over win after match moved due to rain
The opening match of the WNCL season against Queensland looked likely to be called a wash out due to a wet Chisholm Oval after heavy rain fall in the capital. However, the Cricket ACT groundstaff came to the rescue, offering to relocate the game to EPC Solar Park which was being prepared for the local T20 Final the following the day.
In a reduced 25-over game, Queensland looked in top position with the ACT five wickets down and requiring 10 runs from the final 8 deliveries. Madeline Penna and captain Ange Reakes stood up and blasted three straight boundaries to secure the win in the final over.
Cooke makes miraculous return from back surgery
Just six months ago, Canberra-local Zoe Cooke was told she may need to reconsider her cricket career when she was diagnosed with a bulging disc in a vertebrae in her lower back. Undergoing back surgery, Cooke returned to training just three months later and made her return in the Meteors third game against South Australia.
Of course, the Meteors celebrated her return to training with commemorative socks featuring Zoe's face ...
Tears fall as Penna raises bat for maiden WNCL hundred
After a tough year of injuries and setbacks for 20-year old Penna, it was a touching moment as her teammates celebrated her first ton in the blue and gold. Hitting an unbeaten 118 from 100 deliveries to lead the ACT to their second win of the season against Western Australia, a few tears escaped from the Meteors bench as Penna raised her bat in triumph.
Meteors complete fifth highest WNCL chase
In the final match of the season, the ACT Meteors pulled off the fifth highest chase in WNCL history, and the largest in the team’s history. Requiring 262 for the win against the SA Scorpions, the Meteors pulled off a stunning run chase with five balls to spare to end South Australia’s chance at a finals berth.
Off the field
The ACT Meteors are committed to making a difference to the community they represent. Led by captain Ange Reakes, the Meteors dedicated their game against South Australia to raise much-needed funds for Lifeline Canberra. Every Meteor made an individual pledge based on the outcomes of the game, and combined with public donations and a generous contribution from major sponsor Abode Hotels, the Meteors raised over $10,000 for Lifeline and the life-saving services they provide.
The Meteors will now take a much-deserved break before the pre-season gets underway in mid-May for the upcoming 2021/22 season.