In a summer where Canberra has been the sport's saviour, Cricket ACT pulled off another miracle on Saturday to help the Meteors open their account with a stirring five-wicket win over the Queensland Fire.
The WNCL season opener, delayed myriad times already, looked set to be called off with Chisholm Oval soaking wet from the recent rain.
But Cricket ACT ground staff offered up Phillip Oval - which had been prepared during the week for Sunday's local one-day grand final - and the Meteors and Fire were able to play a 25-over thriller.
Queensland posted 9-163 and threatened to defend the total when Erin Osborne, Carly Leeson and Erica Kershaw fell in quick succession. but the Meteors batting depth came to the fore as Madeline Penna and captain Angela Reakes blasted three straight boundaries to secure the win in the final over.
"It's probably the first time I reckon I've ever been involved in a cricket match where we've had to change venues on the day," Meteors coach Jono Dean said.
"It had been raining all night, and history suggests Chisholm doesn't hold the water that well. It just wasn't going to be any chance of playing.
"Credit to Noffers [Queensland coach Ashley Noffke] and JJ [captain Jess Jonassen] at Queensland who said we just want to play cricket. And here we are, it's like it wasn't even raining."
Dean fielded three debutants in the win, with Olivia Porter, Rebecca Carter and Chloe Rafferty all playing their first WNCL games.
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Leeson took four Fire wickets while Katie Mack's 54 at the top of the order set up the successful chase.
When Kershaw was bowled in the penultimate over, the Fire threatened to pinch an unlikely win.
But Penna came out and belted a six and a four off her first two balls. Reakes then blasted a six to end the contest.
QUEENSLAND FIRE 9-163 (Mooney 58, Leeson 4-33) def by ACT Meteors 5-169 (Mack 54, Osborne 40)