The ACT Meteors have promised to come out all guns blazing on home turf this week in search of their first win over the NSW Breakers in almost 12 years.
Now Meteors captain Angela Reakes has issued a call to arms for Canberra to be their 12th player for a double-header against the Breakers at Phillip Oval on Friday and Sunday.
The Meteors have won one game at the midway point of the season - but so too have the Breakers, with the traditional powerhouse sitting just one rung above the ACT in fifth on the ladder.
The ACT's last WNCL triumph over the Breakers, who have won a staggering 20 of 24 titles since the league began, came in November 2009.
Reakes scored three not out and bowled six overs that day - the only difference was she was wearing sky blue. Now she wants to put a dagger in her former team's finals hopes.
"We're looking forward to getting on the park and playing a team that also hasn't won as many games as they would have liked," Reakes said.
"For both teams, that's probably the most dangerous part of the game, one of them is definitely going to show up this weekend.
"It is our last opportunity to play at home for the season, so we'd love to see as many of the local players and cricket community out at Phillip Oval to watch us take on the NSW Breakers.
"It's super exciting. The last time we got to play at home, there was about two weeks of rain beforehand so we're looking forward to the sun getting onto the pitch.
"It's also a really special moment for us as an organisation after our head curator [Brad van Dam] this week announced his retirement from the turf industry. It'll be one of his last wickets and we're really looking forward to sending him off the way he deserves."
Meteors all-rounder Erin Osborne expects the Breakers to fight fire with fire but says the Meteors have "nothing to lose and everything to gain".
"They're going to come out firing, they need to win to keep their finals hopes alive," Osborne said.
"We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. If we come out and try to play our brand of cricket, I think we can actually have quite a successful weekend against them.
"We just need to take it one game at a time to be honest with you, we need to win double bonus points and have results go our way for us to make finals this season, but it's definitely not out of the question.
"We can control what we can on Friday."
Friday: ACT Meteors v NSW Breakers at Phillip Oval, 10am.
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