Fresh off the back of their WNCL Round 1 victory, The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors were determined for a repeat performance today when they took on the strong Victorian Spirit. However, it wasn’t meant to be for the ACT side, eventually being outplayed on the back of two brilliant individual batting performances from Australian representatives Meg Lanning (Captain) and Sarah Elliott.
After a brief rain delay, the Victorians sent the Meteors in to bat, a move Meteors Captain, Kris Britt, said could be an opportunity to post a defendable total of over 220 runs. Openers Claire Koski (37) and Katie Mack (30) appeared well settled at the crease, and set the team on this path with an opening partnership of 68.
With Mack anchoring the innings, Britt (40) and Erin Osborne (30) helped build the total, before middle order batsman Ange Reakes took control towards the end of the innings to finish with the side’s top score of 58. The final score of 6/226 met the Captain’s expectations with the team confident they could restrict the Spirit’s talented line up.
An early wicket from Nicole Goodwin boosted the team’s determination for a victorious double header weekend. Tight spells from Nicola Hancock and Sam Bates saw the Spirit’s run rate steadied with the game seemingly in the balance for much of the innings.
However, the class and experience of Australian representatives Meg Lanning (107) and Sarah Elliott (100) proved to be too much for the Meteors bowling attack, with victory achieved in the 45th over.The Meteors will now journey back to the Capital Region to take stock of this weekend’s action. They will face Tasmania in another away fixture on 28 October, heading into the match with confidence following some impressive individual performances over their opening WNCL weekend.