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WA to playoff for WNCL title

The WA women's cricket team will take on the NSW Breakers in the final of the WNCL competition.

WA defeated the Breakers on Thursday by four-wickets to leapfrog Queensland into second position on the WNCL ladder.

Chloe Piparo (51), Nicole Bolton (53) and Megan Banting (57*) guided WA to the target of 224 in the 47th over.

Bolton speaking on #SportsLine there were a few nerves going into the final game against the Breakers.

"We obviously had a disappointing loss against the ACT, to knock off the Breakers in a do or die match for us was awesome and to know that we can beat the very best team going into the final, I think is going to give us a huge amount of confidence." Bolton said.

WA last played in a WNCL final in 2017-18 and on that occasion were defeated by 51-runs.

"That was such a big achievement in itself to be able to get to that final, the quality of the two teams heading into that was unbelievable and it was a really great learning curve for us our first WNCL final in I think 20-years or something ridiculous like that. There was a lot of pressure going into that one we would have learnt a lot a couple of years a go."

Bolton has suffered from mental health battles in recent times and said she is now back to enjoying her cricket again.

"I think for me just sort of understanding that cricket isn't the be all and end all and trying to establish myself outside of the game is something that was really important to me so that my performances weren't a reflection of how I viewed myself. The last little while I've been able to get back to clubland to really feel like I'm here in WA cricket and being involved and it's given me great purpose to enjoying my cricket."

The final will be played at North Sydney Oval on Sunday February 16 from 6AM WST.



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