Singleton spinner Maisy Gibson emerged as a hero with the bat in her Women’s National Cricket League debut on Thursday.
Batting at No.10, Gibson helped NSW avenge their loss to South Australia in last year’s final with a one-wicket win at the Gabba on the first day of the new season.
The 20-year-old made six not out as she and fellow debutant Belinda Vakawera (three not out) guided NSW to 9-216 in 48.2 overs in reply to South Australia’s 9-215.
Gibson went wicketless on debut, taking 0-37 off eight overs, but held her nerve when it counted with the bat.
South Australia ended NSW’s 10-year reign in the WNCL last season.
NSW play Tasmania at the Gabba on Friday then Queensland on Sunday.