Tasmania's female State side has won its first game for 670 days, defeating the ACT Meteors by five wickets in their Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) season opener at Brisbane's Allan Border Field today.
It was also their first official tournament match as the newly rebranded Tasmanian Tigers Women.
The Tigers took all 10 Meteors wickets for 218 runs in the 47th over after they elected to bat first, with Meg Phillips (3/37) the chief destroyer, ably assisted by 'young gun' newcomer Courtney Webb (2/40).
The majority of the ACT players made starts, but no one was really able to push on for a match-winning score - the highlight being the second wicket stand between Katie Mack (57 off 80 balls) and Erin Osborne (31 off 36 balls) propelling the Meteors from 1/15 to 2/86 in the 15th over.
Clara Iemma was the only other Meteors standout making 35 off 46 balls, before being run out by Tigers 'young gun' Erin Fazackerley, who didn't bowl today to safeguard her recent back stress fracture injury.
Aside from those three, wickets fell regularly for the ACT, with all six of the Tigers' bowlers taking wickets to share the workload.
In reply, Tasmania was stumbling early losing key bats Georgia Redmayne (1), Stefanie Daffara (15) and their star recruit for two matches - current ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year Amy Satterthwaite (10), inside the first eight overs with their score at just 38 runs.
Then the mighty middle order duo of Emma Thompson (60 from 107 balls) and Corinne Hall (86 from 98 balls) set about firstly steadying the momentum swing, and then wrestling it back permanently away from the Meteors.
Their slow run rate may have worried fans initially, but the team's new mantra for this season of competing for longer periods of every game, was shining through with their ability to stop the flow of Tigers' wickets falling.
From there, the pair's confidence only grew, and runs began to flow faster for each batter as they passed the 50, 100 and 150 team total marks.
Their fourth wicket partnership of 139 - the WNCL outfit's second highest ever - brought Tasmania within sight of victory at 4/177 with only 42 more runs needed.
It would have been a fitting end for the pair to be there at the end but unfortunately it wasn't the case.
Thompson departed out caught, then Corinne Hall was out bowled seven overs later - but their damage had taken its toll, with the Tigers only 10 runs from victory at 5/209.
Meg Phillips completed a brilliant all-round game with 23* from 31 deliveries with veteran Veronica Pyke 8* at the opposite end, when a boundary was hit to seal a brilliant start to the season for the female Tigers.
Tigers top-scorer Corinne Hall was rightly awarded Player of the Match for her game-breaking 86 runs.
The Tigers now face the star-studded pre-tournament favorites the NSW Breakers at Bill Pippen Oval on the Gold Coast this Sunday from 9:30am, with live scores on www.cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app.