Meteors bowler Rene Farrell celebrates taking a wicket. Photo: Graham Tidy
ACT Meteors recruit Rene Farrell extinguished the Queensland Fire with a stunning three-wicket haul on debut for her adopted team.
The former Australian representative made up for lost time, taking 3-15 as the the Meteors cruised to a 54-run victory in their WNCL Twenty20 encounter at Freebody Oval on Friday.
The 25-year-old ripped apart Queensland's top order before captain Kris Britt (2-7), Rhiannon Dick (2-8) and Sally Moylan (2-30) chipped in to knock over the Fire for a paltry 78.
Earlier, Britt had led from the front after winning the toss, top-scoring with 39 and receiving handy support from opener Asha Smith (30) in the Meteors' competitive total of 4-132.
Farrell missed the start of the season in unusual circumstances when she broke her toe after tripping over her dog.
The Sydneysider was touted as the Meteors' marquee signing, and her inclusion to an already-potent pace attack will only help their cause as they make a push towards the WNCL finals.
Farrell's performance has sounded a timely warning shot to national selectors as she looks to build on her 48 caps for Australia, including two Tests.
The Meteors overcame the early loss of Laura Wright for 11 to establish a solid partnership between Smith and Britt at the top of the innings.
The Meteors will look to take their strong Twenty20 form into the 50-over format when they play the Fire at Freebody Oval on Saturday.
Women's National Cricket League Twenty20: ACT Meteors 4-132 (K. Britt 39, A. Smith 30) beat Queensland Fire 78 (R. Farrell 3-15, K. Britt 2-7, R. Dick 2-8, S. Moylan 2-30) by 54 runs at Freebody Oval, Queanbeyan on Friday. Saturday: One-day match at 10am.