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The Roar finished 33 runs short of the Breakers target with some healthy contributions from Heather Knight (48), Erin Burns (47) and Hayley Matthews (43). Captain Veronica Pyke also tried her best at the end of the innings to get her side across the line with a flurry of boundaries, however it was not enough as the reigning champions claimed the victory.

Winning the toss, Tasmania elected to bowl first and weren't able to breakthrough until the 9th over through Julie Hunter who was the Roar's best bowler, finishing with figures of 1-21 off her 10 overs.

The Breakers got a roll on from the middle of their innings through Elyse Perry and Nicola Carey who combined for a 66-run stand.

Perry was at her best as she made her way to 86 from 84 balls before Heather Knight claimed her wicket. Carey carried on at the crease before she was run out after a 51-ball 64, NSW finishing 5-273.

The Roar started their run chase slowly due to some tight bowling by the Breakers but Heather Knight soon found her touch.

The England Vice Captain made her way to 48 before her compatriot Laura Marsh dismissed her, Knight edging one through to Healy to be dismissed caught behind.

Hayley Matthews and Erin Burns then got the scoreboard ticking over for the Roar, putting together a 69-run partnership before both were dismissed just before registering half centuries, Matthews for 43 and Burns just after for a run a ball 47.

The Tasmanians then lost a couple of wickets in a row with Farrell getting the breakthroughs for the visitors to swing momentum the Breakers way.

Roar Captain Veronica Pyke had other ideas however, smashing one Aley over for 18 to keep her side in the hunt. Her innings of 41 from 31 balls coming to an end in the 47th over. Hunter and Smith also losing their wickets soon after in the 48th and 50th over, the Roar all out for 240.

Post match, Cripps Roar Coach Julia Price said:

"NSW batted really well particularly at the end and we didn't bowl the right lengths.  We didn't bowl to our bowling plans, our execution of our plans wasn't on today.

"We had quite a few girls in the 40s and formed a few good partnerships but need to have someone in the top six to stay there at the end so we could have had someone there to keep rotating the strike.

"Hayley is a very good talent and just a different sort of batter that we don't have at the moment so she adds something to our squad which we are really happy about.

"Heather is just a very solid batter and what we need to stabilise that top order for us, she had a good opening parntership with Meg (Phillips) and we think that will be a really good combination over the next couple of weeks.