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Spirit undefeated in first round WNCL

The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit have kicked off the 20th WNCL season in style, winning all three of their opening matches up in Queensland over the weekend.

Tested in all three encounters, the girls showed great strength and composure to secure 13 points and top spot on the table, leaving Victoria as the only undefeated team and in good stead heading into a three week break.

First up against the Queensland Fire, an opening partnership of more than 100 runs tested the VicSpirit attack.

However, tight bowling late in the innings followed up by a clinical batting display from Meg Lanning of 89*(94) steered the Spirit to the 256 run target and a 2-wicket victory.

Heading to the Gabba for game two against Tasmania Roar, the girls were sent in to bowl and quickly made an impact on the scoreboard.

After a two-wicket-maiden from Hayley Jensen, Tasmania were reeling at 4-37, before the tail-end wagged and managed to post 110.

In pursuit, the girls fell to 7-67 before a game saving partnership between Sarah Elliott and Kirsty Lamb brought the total up towards 100 and enough to eventually secure victory.

Coming into the third match against the ACT Meteors, VicSpirit were again sent in to bowl where after a tight start, ACT steadied and posted a respectable 6-218 off their 50 overs.

Victoria got off to a shaky start in reply losing Jensen early for a duck, before Wyatt and Meg Lanning combined for a crucial partnership of over 120 runs.

In amazing scenes, Captain Meg Lanning hit the winning runs while making a century at the same time, handing VicSpirit a 3-0 start to their WNCL season.

Reflecting on the weekend, Lanning was pleased with the start to the campaign and personal form with the bat.

“It’s nice to get off to a good start. Three from three, can’t really ask for much more than that,” Lanning said.

“We’ve had lots of different players step up and contribute, and it’s important that I can put some big scores on the board too.”

After the tough start to the season playing three games in four days, Coach David Hemp was pleased with the consistency of effort put in by the girls throughout.

“To start three from three is absolutely fabulous, and there were key individual performances across a lot of players that made that happen,” said Hemp.

“There’s lots of work to do still, but to win games you need senior players to stand up and Meg is one who has done that so far. She’s a quality player.”

VicSpirit now have a three week break until their next encounter against South Australia on October 31, which is then followed up by clash against Western Australia on November 1, both at Junction Oval.