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VicSpirit unable to continue unbeaten start to WNCL

The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit still sit at the top of the WNCL table despite being defeated in both their matches over the weekend at Junction Oval.

Chasing big totals in both matches against South Australia and Western Australia, the team were unable to make enough runs to secure victories in either fixture.

After rain delays on Saturday against South Australia, the game was reduced to 33 overs each.

Despite openers Sarah Elliott, Hayley Jenson, English international Danni Wyatt and captain Meg Lanning all showing good form with the bat, the Spirit fell two runs short of the 191 run target.

Captain Meg Lanning felt the loss to SA was one that got away.

“We were in a really good position to win against South Australia and we probably panicked a little bit,” said Lanning.

“I think we lost six for 20, so it was frustrating that we couldn’t quite get there.”

Against Western Australia on Sunday, an opening partnership between former VicSpirit players Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton of 267 made victory difficult from the start.

In reply, Elliott led the way with the bat making 101 while  Lanning and Wyatt each made half centuries.

Eventually falling short by 16 runs, Lanning believes it was inconsistent bowling that ultimately led to the result.

“I thought as a batting group we did a reasonable job, there’s a lot to work on though, our bowling was too inconsistent for this level.”

Coach David Hemp was disappointed with the two losses, however optimistic about the positives that can be taken out of the challenges.

“Our all-round game wasn’t good enough, we didn’t execute well enough with the ball so on both days we were chasing too many,” Hemp said.

“But there are always positives and there are a few things we’re really pleased with and we did well.”

The Spirit now have a three week break ahead of their next WNCL clash with New South Wales in Canberra on 22 November.

This will be a must win game for the team to secure a spot in the finals.