KEEN TO LEARN: Queensland Fire newcomer Casey Ryan.
KEEN TO LEARN: Queensland Fire newcomer Casey Ryan. David Nielsen

Snaring prize scalp gives Ryan confidence for future with Fire

THE Australian vice-captain is not a bad scalp to notch in your debut match representing your state.

So Ripley's Casey Ryan had plenty to celebrate, despite the Queensland Fire's loss to NSW on Saturday.

The 19-year-old marked her debut with a tidy display of bowling, though she was disappointed she couldn't assist her skipper to a century when she came in to bat.

With Queensland batting first, Ryan joined Jodie Field, who was 99 not out, in the final over.

"I wanted to get Jacko (Fields) on strike so she could get her hundred," Ryan said.

Fields remained 99 not out as Ryan was dismissed for one from four balls in Queensland's 248.

"We could have got more runs but we thought we had enough to defend," Ryan said. "Then we had them on the ropes for a while."

Ryan was brought onto bowl in the 28th over and claimed the wicket of NSW number three and Aussie vice-captain Alex Blackwell for 48, caught at cover.

"It was quite unbelievable," Ryan said. "At the start I didn't know what was happening because it was all so fast. But when Corker (Courtney Hill) caught it there was a big celebration."

Ryan was only given three more overs and conceded just 12 runs, to be the second most economical of the Queenslanders.

Her wicket came from accuracy rather than her pace as she proved hard to get away.

So it is perhaps surprising she wasn't bowled more, but Ryan reckons it was because captain Fields could sense how nervous she was.

"I let the seam do the job," she said. "(Blackwell) mistimed it because of the pace.

"I was bowling a little bit slower because of nerves.

"But bowling tight lines gave me confidence I can perform and bowl at that level.

"The environment and support from the girls was really good.

"I thought I did a pretty good job in the field as well.''


Time to work hard

QUEENSLAND'S next 50 over game is not until November 29 but Casey Ryan is not looking that far ahead.

"Obviously you hope it's going to be enough (to get picked again)," she said. "But my goals have basically stayed the same.

"I want more games in the Fire now and to be in the team.

"Now I my aim is working hard at club level and proving I can dominate there. That's what they want you to do."

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