The ACT Meteors have held off the Tasmanian Roar to win their Women's Twenty20 encounter by 12 runs on Sunday.
On a perfect day for cricket at West Park in Burnie, the Meteors won the toss and batted first, making a solid 7-126 off their 20 overs, despite making a poor start to their innings.
However, the Roar could not quite make the target, finishing 12 runs short on 6-114 in an improved effort by the Tasmanian side after they were well beaten by the Meteors in their 50-over encounter on Saturday.
Fresh from posting half-centuries in that match, Sara Hungerford and Rhiannon Dick once again led the way for the Meteors.
Hungerford posted 24 off 23 deliveries while Smith top-scored for her side with 27 off 23, the pair adding 49 runs for the fourth wicket after the Roar reduced them to 3-25 in the sixth over, Asha Smith (seven), Laura Wright (six) and Kris Britt all falling cheaply.
Wright, however, suffered an unfortunate dismissal as a straight drive from Britt took a deflection off Katelyn Fryett's finger and onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching the batter short of her ground.
But Dick soon restored some control for ACT, making her intentions clear from the beginning, as she bashed consecutive fours and helped her side regain the initiative.
Having added 49, however, the Meteors lost three wickets for just nine runs as Hungerford, Dick and Lynsey Askew (two) all headed back to the sheds, but a neat innings of 22 off 19 balls from Kate Owen helped her side to a competitive total despite Linsey da Costa taking 3-18 for the Tasmanians.
In reply, the Roar looked on track for victory at 1-51 in the 11th over, despite losing opener Emma Thompson for 19.
But the hosts' momentum was soon checked as they lost two wickets on 51, with Erin Burns (14) and Carly Ryan (16) being dismissed, before the Roar's efforts were further blunted as Corinne Hall (three) was run out by Alison Parker with the score on 65.
Tayla Kafoa (14) and Veronica Pyke (17) tried to get the Roar past the target, but ultimately they fell short.
First Posted 25 November, 2012 11:38PM AEST