Fitzpatrick hat-trick sets up Victoria win
Victoria Women 2 for 146 (Haynes 83*) beat New South Wales Women 144 (Poulton 39, Fitzpatrick 6-22) by 8 wickets
Cathryn Fitzpatrick starred with a six-wicket haul including a hat-trick as Victoria Spirit levelled the best-of-three finals series with a comfortable win over New South Wales Breakers at Melbourne. Rachael Haynes dominated the Victoria chase with an unbeaten 83 as the Spirit easily overhauled the Breakers' 144 in 43.2 overs.
Fitzpatrick, who finished with the stunning figures of 6 for 22 from ten overs, ended the New South Wales innings with four wickets from five balls in the 49th over. She began by having Michelle Goszko caught in the deep for 24 and two deliveries later began the hat-trick when Sarah Aley was trapped lbw. Fitzpatrick bowled Julie Hayes and Rene Farrell each for a first-ball 0 to complete the late demolition.
The visitors had been unable to build big partnerships after winning the toss and despite Leah Poulton's 39 and 36 from Sarah Andrews, their 144 was always going to be tough to defend. Haynes, the opener, showed her class with her second half-century of the season to carry the Spirit home.
The Breakers clinched a tight one-wicket victory in the first final on Friday and the series will go to the deciding third match at Melbourne's Central Reserve on Sunday.