Victoria has fallen short of the ACT Meteors by 18 runs in its opening WNCL fixture for the 2019-20 season.
After morning rain reduced the game to 33 overs per side, Victorian skipper Molly Strano won the toss and elected to bowl first. It looked a good decision after Kristen Beams picked up the early wicket of Claire Koski.
But the Meteors steadied through Katie Mack (63) and Anna Lanning (46) to post a respectable total of 6-168. Strano, Beams, Annabel Sutherland and Makinley Blows all taking a wicket each.
The Vics got off to a patient but solid start with Elyse Villani (41) and Blows (48) putting on 88 for the first wicket. But when they both departed in a short space of time, the Victorian middle order couldn’t up the run rate, despite the best efforts of Sutherland (35*). The Meteors taking home the win on the back of a stifling bowling effort.
Victoria will have an opportunity to bounce back almost immediately when they face New South Wales in Adelaide on Tuesday at 10.30am AEST.
The full Victoria vs ACT Meteors scorecard is available here.