Queensland Fire (102-0) bt Tasmania Roar (101)
Jess Jonassen took 3-19 as the Roar whimpered to 101 all out after Holly Ferling had removed both Tasmania openers cheaply.
Beth Mooney (49*) and Grace Harris (48*) then knocked off the runs inside 16 overs without loss, for the double bonus-point win.
Given that somebody has to drop points somewhere, bonus points could be critical in determining who finishes inside the top two to qualify for November’s final.
Vic Spirit (220-4) bt ACT Meteors (218-6)
A team-effort batting performance from ACT saw them reach 218, with Erin Osborne (48) top-scoring as all of the top 7 made it into double-figures.
The Spirit lost Hayley Jensen for a duck in the second over, but sometimes an early wicket isn’t what you need… especially if it is one that brings a certain “Meghann Lanning” (as the CA scorecards insist on calling her) to the crease.
Lanning went on to make her first hundred of the campaign, though she played second-fiddle for a lot of her innings to England’s Danni Wyatt, who cracked 84 off 73 balls, including 10 4s, as Victoria crossed the line inside 44 overs.
The result means that Vic Spirit (13 points) go top from Queensland Fire (10), though the South Australian Scorpions (9) have a game in hand in 3rd.
WNCL resumes on October 31st, with Vic Spirit facing the Scorpions at home in Melbourne.