Erin Burns produced a stunning display with the bat to lead the Tasmanian Roar to an upset 31-run win over the Victoria Spirit on Saturday.
The 24-year-old smashed 90 runs off 50 balls as the Roar posted a solid total of 165 after winning the toss and electing to bat at the Blundstone Arena.
The home side backed up their performance with the bat by bowling the Spirit out for 134 in 16 overs to wrap up the deserved win.
The Spirit got off to a good start after Molly Strano picked up two wickets in her first two overs with Carly Ryan (5) and Emma Thompson (7) both falling to leave the Roar on 2-29 after four overs.
However the away side could have put a stranglehold on the contest in third over when Burns drove the ball straight to Elyse Villani who spilt an easy chance.
Burns went on to punish the Victorians with venom, smashing 10 fours and four sixes on her way to 90 runs from 50 balls before being run out in the 20th over.
She was supported through the innings by Corrine Hall (21) and Belinda Page (15) with the Roar ending their 20 overs on 6-165.
Molly Strano was the pick of the Spirit's bowlers, finishing with figures of 2-24 from three overs.
The Roar went into the second inning full of confidence after their powerful batting display and it wasn't long before the home side were on top of their more fancied opponents with two wickets falling in the third over.
The first to fall was Villani for six after a horrible mix-up between her and Meg Lanning left her well short of the crease. Two balls later Burns picked up the scalp of Lanning for 19 off 13 after the batswoman hit it straight back to Burns to leave the Spirit on 2-25.
Emma Inglis and Jess Cameron steadied the ship somewhat, putting on 13 runs before Inglis fell to a sharp catch by Meg Phillips from the bowling of Katelyn Fryett for six.
Wickets began to steadily fall with Emily McIntyre providing the only real resistance as she managed 45 runs from just 21 balls. However she received no support from her team-mates and the Spirit were eventually bowled out for 134 from 16 overs to ensure the Roar claimed the win, with Brooke Hepburn (3-22) and Anita Silva (2-18) the home side's two best bowlers.
The Roar will be hoping to continue their form into the New Year after an indifferent start to the season while the Spirit will be hoping the loss does not become a recurring theme after their solid start to the year.
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First Posted 22 December, 2012 2:45PM AEST