A fascinating day in the WNCL saw the top two (Vic Spirit & SA Scorpions) both lose, opening up the table and leaving five teams with a realistic shout of reaching the final later this month.
Western Australia Fury (301-2) bt Vic Spirit (285-7)
Centuries from Nicole Bolton (128) and Elyse Villani (142) in a massive opening stand of 267 saw the Fury post 301 as Spirit captain Meg Lanning was reduced to bowling herself… and subsequently found herself punished for 16 runs in 2 overs!
Victoria gave it their best shot, with a ton from opener Sarah Elliot (101) and half-centuries from Meg Lanning (51) and Danni Wyatt (58) but fell short at 285 for the loss of 7 wickets from their 50 overs, as the Fury finally clambered off the bottom of the table with their first points of the season.
ACT Meteors (169) bt South Australia Scorpions (151)
Amanda-Jane Wellington took 4-22 for the Scops as the Meteors were bowled out for 169, with plenty of batsmen making starts, but none pushing on – Sara Hungerford top-scoring with 37.
On a day for the bowlers, the Scorpions’ innings then painted a very similar picture. England glove-butler Sarah Taylor hit 42 off 40 before being caught behind off Sussex team-mate Erin Osborne, and from there SA subsided to 151 all out in the 46th over, with Angela Reakes taking 4-35.
New South Wales Breakers (277-7) bt Queensland Fire (138)
A century from Alyssa Healy (124) with strong backup from Ellyse Perry (78) put the Breakers in the driving seat with 277 from their 50 overs.
England’s Laura Marsh then took 4-27 as the Fire were cleaned-up for just 138, with only Beth Mooney (33) making it out of the teens.
Nice to see all the English players doing well including Marsh this time. I’m not quite sure how SA Scorpions managed to fail chasing that small target. They’ll need to do much better to finish at the top. In contrast, Vic came pretty close to chasing down that mammoth 300+ target in what must have been an entertaining game.