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Beth's keen to fire for Queensland

Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney in action for the Queensland Fire in the Women’s National Cricket League Twenty20 competition.
Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney in action for the Queensland Fire in the Women’s National Cricket League Twenty20 competition. Paul Kane

HERVEY Bay's Beth Mooney is within touching distance of a chance to showcase her cricketing talent live on Fox Sports next month.

Mooney and her high-flying Queensland Fire teammates are on track to make the final of the Women's National Cricket League Twenty20 competition.

The final will be televised live.

With just two rounds remaining, the Fire are joint leaders alongside New South Wales, a team they will play twice in Sydney this weekend.

The final round will be two games against Western Australia in Brisbane next month.

The Fire have won eight of their nine games in the competition to-date and the 17-year-old Mooney, a wicket-keeper and opener, said she and her teammates were determined to keep that impressive form going.

She said it wouldn't be easy though.

"They (NSW) are regarded as a superpower in all forms of the game," said Mooney, whose best performance with the bat this season has been 44 not out off 44 balls against Tasmania.

"We need to beat them to keep our finals hopes alive and we're keen to end a horror run against them while doing it.

"The Fire have never beaten NSW in T20 cricket so hopefully that is about to change."

Mooney, who plays for the Cavaliers A-grade men's team in the Fraser Coast Cricket competition whenever time and commitments allow, said she was sure that NSW would make life tough again.

"They need to win as much as we do," the Australian under-18 representative said.

"It really is crunch time for both teams because two-time reigning champions Victoria are lurking just behind us.

"You can be sure that there will be nothing left in the tank from both teams.

"It's all or nothing."

Mooney is no stranger to performing well against NSW.

She scored unbeaten 50 against them in a one-day clash last year in what was her debut season.

It comes as no surprise that she said she'd love to do it again this weekend.

"That would be handy," she said.

"Saying that, I don't mind what I score as long as we win."

Topics:  batting, bowling, runs



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