Raiders Caitlyn Webster and Sam Cotton talk about the club's first Cricket Tasmania Premier League women's clash

AIM: Greater Northern Raiders talent Meg Radford shows the desperation in the field that typified Sunday's victory.
AIM: Greater Northern Raiders talent Meg Radford shows the desperation in the field that typified Sunday's victory.

It's indelibly written into the history books now, but there was more to the story than the Greater Northern Raiders women's victory on debut.

Akin to a trivia question, the feat was something that the club's pioneers could not achieve 12 months earlier in the men's inaugural match.

But Raiders prized batter Caitlyn Webster said the side took more out of the 21-run win against Lindisfarne than just bragging rights.

The star South Launceston wicketkeeper proved to be tidy behind the stumps - just one bye compared to six for her rival - but she set up the game with a near run-a-ball 39 that was as rock solid as it was busy between wickets.

"I was actually quite nervous to start with," Webster said, "so it was good to get the first few runs to start with and settle those nerves."

The rookies came into Sunday's game somewhat blind to what they would face.

Webster had been the only player with an inkling after a statewide T20 final two years ago against a North Hobart side containing Tasmanian stalwart Veronica Pyke.

"Within the NTCA, we've got four teams, we play each quite regularly and know the bowlers by then," she said.

"So this is a very good opportunity for everyone to develop their skills in terms of facing different bowlers from down South when they're supposedly a bit stronger down there or so they think."

That honest assessment was backed up by confident Raiders captain Sam Cotton.

The Ulverstone allrounder, who opened the batting with Webster and also took the new ball, believed their first test will not only hold them in good stead but will dispel any fear for the season.

"I think once we saw the quality of the bowlers that we were facing, setting 124 was pretty good and we heard that was a par score in this competition," Cotton said. "The Raiders players are the best in their clubs, so we back the best of us against them."

But Cotton is not getting carried away with the early standard after one game.

"With the WBBL already started, a dozen of the other girls will be out and when they come back in for division one, it will be a lot more interesting," she said.

"We'll expect to step it up, so this is a good entry for us while they're out - we can get comfortable, keep pressing."

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