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WNCL 2016

Stars shine brightest in WNCL clashes

15 October 2016

Sarah Elliott and Meg Lanning each posted hundreds for the Vics // Getty

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Lanning, Healy the headline acts over two days of absorbing action in Brisbane and Perth

Centuries to Meg Lanning and Sarah Elliott helped Victoria to a stunning nine-wicket win over the ACT in the WNCL in Perth on Saturday.

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Angela Reakes' unbeaten 58 was the top score in the ACT's 6-226, as they lost four wickets through run-outs, and against a high-quality Victorian outfit, the total proved grossly under-par, Lanning (107no) and Elliott (100no) combining for an unbroken stand of 214 to earn their side the win with 33 balls to spare.

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On Friday, a stunning 159 by Alyssa Healy helped NSW Breakers crush Tasmanian Roar by 207 runs at the Gabba.

The opener thrashed 27 fours and a six in her 115-ball knock that helped lift the Breakers to a daunting 3-377 off their 50 overs.

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Wicketkeeper Healy's knock fell short of Lanning's domestic record of 175 and the Breakers were not in sight of Victoria's whopping 3-418 mark – both set in 2012.

However, it proved too good for Tasmania who were routed for 170 with 19 balls to spare.

NSW's Southern Stars off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner was the pick of the bowlers with 3-31.

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It was a superb turnaround for Healy who managed just one run in NSW's opening one-wicket win over South Australia in the WNCL final re-match.

The Breakers cashed in on the field a week after they became the first fully professional female team in Australian domestic sport.

All Breakers squad members are on full-time contracts, with international players having the potential to earn more than $100,000 per year.

In other results on Friday, former England captain Charlotte Edwards' 100 helped South Australia (9-267) tie with Queensland (267) in a Brisbane thriller while ACT (8-195) defeated hosts WA by 25 runs.

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The Breakers have a point to prove after being upset by South Australia in last season's WNCL final.

It snapped NSW's decade-long winning streak.

On Sunday, NSW tackle Queensland, defending champions South Australia take on lowly Tasmania (both in Brisbane) and Western Australia host Victoria in Perth.