The Western Fury have registered an eight-run win over the ACT Tradies Meteors to remain a chance of reaching the Women's Twenty20 final.
A starring all-round performance from Suzannah Bates led the Fury to the victory at Freebody Oval in Queanbeyan on Sunday.
The Fury are second to New South Wales on the table, but if Victoria record a victory over the Breakers at the MCG later in the day, the Spirit will leapfrog the Western Australians and compete in the final.
Having allowed the Fury to post 3-134, the Meteors fell just short as they were restricted to 8-126 from their 20 overs.
Bates, opening the batting due to an injury to captain Nicole Bolton, blasted an unbeaten 77 off 61 balls before taking 2-25 from four overs.
Fellow opener Jenny Wallace (45 off 49) was also in fine form as the pair put on 113 for the first wicket.
Bates brought up her half-century with a huge six off Sally Moylan in the 15th over and – after Wallace fell – the New Zealand star batted out the innings to give her side a strong total.
Kate Owen (1-12) and Kris Britt (1-21) were the two wicket-takers for the Meteors, while opening bowler Rene Farrell took an economical 0-8 off her three overs.
The Meteors made a decent start to their chase before Bates removed openers Laura Wright (eight) and Asha Smith (37).
Britt (30), Farrell (23) and Sara Hungerford (15) all made starts but failed to go on as the Meteors missed out after needing 52 off the final five overs for victory.
While Bates led the attack and also completed two run outs, there were handy contributions with the ball from Gemma Triscari (1-20), Kate Burns (1-23) and Renee Chappell (1-29).
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First Posted 06 January, 2013 1:42PM AEST