Western wallops Meteors to close gap at table top

WESTERN Australia has helped close the gap at the top of the WNCL ladder with a massive nine-wicket win over the ACT Meteors. After the Meteors were bowled out for only 151, the West Australians reached the target with over 28 overs spare and at the cost of only one wicket.

The Meteors actually made an okay start to their innings with a 46-run opening partnership, but once that first wicket fell, the floodgates truly opened.

Many of the partnership hovered between five and 10 runs, and although there was a 32-run ninth wicket partnership, the only other partnership with any meat to it was the 20-run fifth wicket one.

Things could have been even worse for the Meteors if their hosts had bowled straight. Western Australia conceded 23 wides in a total extras tally of 35.

Top scorer for the ACT was Rebecca Carter with 22, while Angelina Genford made 20.

On the flipside of the equation, Amy Edgar was the pick of the Western Australian bowlers with three wickets to her name, while Chloe Ainsworth and Lilly Mills both picked up two each.

In reply, unsurprisingly Western Australia was able to take its innings pretty cruisy. Openers Chloe Piparo and Maddy Darke made a 136-run opening stance before Piparo was dismissed.

This left Darke and Mathilda Carmichael with not too much to do, but Darke kept on a roll, with Carmichael only facing four balls. The Meteors did not do themselves any favours, conceding 30 wides in a total extras tally of 33.

Darke hit nine fours on her way to 60 not out, while Piparo smashed 10 fours on her way to 58.

For the Meteors, Grace Dignam was the only one to pick up a wicket.

ACT does not have to wait long to flip the script, with these two teams set to face each other again tomorrow.

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