Victoria Spirit have cruised to a 10-wicket win over the South Australian Scorpions in their Women's Twenty20 match at Melbourne's Camberwell Sports Ground on Friday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Scorpions had the brakes put on them by a miserly Victorian attack before posting 4-120 from their 20 overs.
In response, the Victorians overhauled the target with few problems, reaching 0-123 with 44 balls to spare.
Batting first, the Scorpions were immediately on the back foot in their knock – with seamer Kirsty Lamb (1-19) bowling Beth Morgan for a duck in the second over.
The visitors steadied well, however, through Kate Oakenfold (35) and Lauren Ebsary (38), but medium pacer Briana Binch (1-27) broke the partnership when she bowled Ebsary to leave the Scorpions on 2-78.
South Australia's batters continued to struggle for fluency, and the shackles were well and truly on when Oakenfold was run out by Kath Hempenstall.
Bridget Patterson put on 23 before she was run out by Emma Inglis, and the Scorpions struggled to find the boundary in the closing stages.
There was no such problem for the Spirit in reply, with openers Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani putting the South Australian bowlers to the sword.
Lanning made 70 off just 37 balls with 12 fours and a six, while Villani posted 50 from 39 balls including seven fours and a six as the Spirit reached their victory target in the 13th over.
Amanda Wellington came in for some particular stick, with the 15-year-old leggy going for 19 runs in her only over.
First Posted 23 November, 2012 5:40PM AEST