THE FIRST games of the WNCL season after Christmas really had it all, but it was the batters who dominated proceedings.
Let us go around the country and catch up on all the action.
Queensland vs Tasmania
It was a bowler’s wicket in game one between the Fire and Tigers, but ultimately it was the reigning champions who prevailed by 72 runs.
After Tasmania set Queensland a challenge of 213 for victory, Queensland could not live up to the task, bowled out comfortably before the target.
Young gun Julia Cavanough was the star with the ball for Tasmania, picking up 3/12 off five overs, which did include a maiden.
In another bowler’s friendly wicket, Tasmania made it two from two over Queensland with a seven wicket win in game two.
After Queensland was bowled out for 132 inside 38 overs, the Tasmanians did not even need 18 overs to reach the target.
For the Tasmanians it was Nicola Carey’s turn to top the wicket taking tally with three wickets, while Sarah Coyte picked up two, before Elyse Villani bashed an unbeaten 57 to help guide her side to the win.
Victoria vs NSW
Some of Victoria’s biggest stars really got to work with the bat to help it get over the line over its biggest rival.
After setting the Breakers 321, the Victorians ensured that NSW got nowhere near the target, and the Breakers ultimately fell 88 runs short.
Ellyse Perry (147) and Nicole Faltum in her first game as skipper (107 not out) were the stars with the bat for Victoria, before Tess Flintoff (three wickets), Annabel Sutherland (two wickets) and Perry (two wickets) ripped through the NSW batting line up.
Lauren Smith was a shining light for the Breakers with the ball, picking up two wickets.
Perry continued to be a thorn in the side of her former side, as she helped her current side to two wins from two over NSW, this time winning by seven wickets.
NSW set the Victorians 284 for victory, but largely thanks to Perry’s 130 not out, the Victorians reached the target with 11 overs to spare.
In her second game back from her break Meg Lanning showed why she is one of the best at her craft in the world, making 61. Meanwhile Sophie Day (three wickets), Sutherland (two wickets) and Georgia Wareham back for her second game after returning from an ACL injury (two wickets) all performed well with the ball in hand.
Western Australia vs South Australia
Game one between the Warriors and Scorpions really had it all, but in the end it was the South Australians who won via a Super Over.
After both teams finished on 231, the South Australians had a brilliant Super Over and kept Western Australia to 2/3. This laid out an easy path to victory for the Scorpions, taking four balls to take the win.
Game two between the states was just as close, but the Scorpions ultimately prevailed by a mere six runs.
The South Australians set their western neighbours 298 for the win, and the Western Australians got very close but ultimately did not quite reach the target as the Scorpion bowlers dialled up the pressure.
Meanwhile for the West Australians Mills took two wickets, while Darke also had a great day at the crease, belting 133.