Retiring Breaker Farrell hunts WNCL title

Rene Farrell will retire from domestic cricket after the one-day final at North Sydney Oval, where NSW will face Western Australia as they hunt a 21st title.

NSW will seek to extend their remarkable dominance of the women's one-day cricket competition and honour retiring fast bowler Rene Farrell in Sunday's final against Western Australia at North Sydney Oval.

Farrell, who represented Australia in 101 matches and claimed an Ashes hat-trick in 2011, confirmed earlier this summer that this season would be her last.

"It's business as usual," Farrell said prior to Wednesday's training session.

"It will probably sink in at the end of the game or on Monday when I reminisce a little bit with the girls.

"But at the moment it's exciting. Hopefully we can get the win and celebrate in style.

"There will probably be a few nerves before the game. It's just exciting to be part of another final and hopefully we can get the girls over the line."

The 33-year-old will sign off after the Breakers seek to secure a 21st women's National Cricket League (WNCL) title.

It is a staggering run across the competition's 24-year history.

NSW's effort in 2019-20 has been particularly impressive given Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner have regularly been on international duty, while Ellyse Perry joined Victoria last year.

Farrell has claimed a total of 130 WNCL wickets at 19.27, having featured in 81 matches.

The swing specialist achieved fame for becoming the third woman to snare a Test hat-trick, while she was also a foundation player for Sydney Thunder and helped them win the inaugural women's BBL title in 2015-16.

In December, Farrell joined veterans Alex Blackwell and Kristen Beams in announcing her WBBL retirement.


AAP