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Breakers gunning for women's T20 title
Justin Chadwick
17:24 AEST Fri Jan 18 2013

They've been the dominant team in women's cricket for almost a decade now, but the NSW Breakers won't feel that way unless they win Saturday's T20 final against the Western Fury at the WACA Ground.

The Breakers have won the past eight WNCL 50-over titles, but are yet to win a T20 trophy after losing to Victoria in each of the past three finals.

NSW were dealt a blow this week when dual international Ellyse Perry opted to drop out of the Breakers squad in order to play for her W-League soccer team Sydney FC in their semi-final against Brisbane on Saturday.

Nevertheless, NSW will start as the hottest of favourites in the grand final after winning all 12 preliminary round matches to finish nine points clear of the second-placed Fury.

NSW's line-up includes eight players from the Australian squad who travelled to Sri Lanka last year for the World T20 while the Fury will be playing in their first T20 final.

"This is the big one. It is the one trophy missing from our cabinet and to me it would feel like we have proven we are the best team in the national competition," Breakers captain Alex Blackwell said.

"We would have loved to have had Ellyse in our side for Saturday.

"However, we have great depth in our squad and all of our bowlers have been in good form this summer."

The Fury will enjoy home ground advantage, with the match to be played at the WACA as a curtain-raiser to the T20 Big Bash League final between the Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat.


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