The Tasmanian Tigers have opened their WNCL season with a narrow 16-run defeat to Western Australia in Brisbane today.
After winning the toss in her 50th game for the state, captain Brooke Hepburn elected to bowl first in conditions which would prove tough to score in at South Brisbane Cricket Club.
Belinda Vakarewa - who was one of four Tigers debutants alongside Maisy Gibson, Emma Manix-Geeves and Sam Bates, starred with the ball hand for the Tigers, taking 3/27 from her 10 overs.
Leg spinner Gibson and medium-fast bowler Meg Phillips claimed two wickets as the Tigers bowled WA out for 194 inside the final over of their innings.
In reply, Corinne Hall (55 from 93) anchored the innings in a number of small partnerships which kept the Tigers just about on track for victory without ever breaking the game open.
When allrounder Erin Fazackerley fell for a run-a-ball 27 with the Tigers still 58 runs from victory at 6/137, it looked as though the game would go to the wire.
Manix-Geeves and Gibson supported Hall until the Tigers were within 20 of victory but when the veteran number three departed caught and bowled to New Zealand International, Sophie Devine, the game looked gone with Bates run out soon after to leave Tasmania 16 runs short in the 44th over.
The Tigers season continues tomorrow against Queensland from 9:30am, live scores on cricket.com.au.