Victorious Victoria ruthless against northern rival

VICTORIA has picked up arguably its biggest win of the season, downing the ACT by nine wickets.

After bowling the Meteors out for 195, the Victorians did not even need 28 overs to reach the target.

Like many of their games this season, the Meteors really struggled to string partnerships of a decent size together. A 39-run fourth wicket and seventh wicket partnership were the highlights of the innings, as the Victorians were able to strike regularly with wickets.

However, the score could have been a whole lot less if the Victorians had bowled straight. The hosts conceded a whopping 18 wides in a total extras tally of 26.

Carly Leeson was the pick of the batters with 36, while Grace Lyons made 33.

Meanwhile for the hosts it was Ella Hayward who was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to her name, while Georgia Prestwidge, Sophie Molineux and Sophie Day all picked up two each.

Victoria got off to a strong start in the chase, with Molineux and Nicole Faltum putting on an 85-run opening stance. When Molineux fell in the 12th over, that did not stop the runs flowing easily as Meg Lanning joined her wicket keeper at the crease. Lanning kept the runs flowing very easily, smashing 11 fours on her way to 80 not out. Faltum finished on 60 not out with seven fours to her name, while Molineux smashed eight fours on her way to 41 not out.  

The Meteors did not help their own cause, conceding seven wides as part of a total extras tally of 15.

Meanwhile for ACT Alisha Bates was the only wicket taker, picking up Molineux’s wicket.

The Meteors do not have to wait too long for a chance to exact revenge on their hosts. These two are set to battle it out again tomorrow.

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