Meg Lanning is fast becoming a superstar of women’s cricket. Despite her young age, the Victorian has made a big impact at both domestic and international level.
She made her domestic debut for Victoria in 2008 at the age of 16 and quickly settled into the top order. Lanning had a breakout domestic season in 2011-12 in which she claimed the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) T20 Player of the Year award, as well as the Sharon Tredrea Trophy and Cathryn Fitzpatrick Award for the WNCL and Women's T20 Player of the Year respectively for VicSpirit.
In only her second One Day International (ODI) with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, Lanning cemented her spot in the team after scoring an unbeaten century against England in January 2011.
At the 2012 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka Lanning finished as the third-highest run scorer. Lanning was rewarded for her achievements when she was named in the Team of the Tournament. Her results also saw her become the first T20 player to score over 30 runs in five consecutive T20 internationals.
Lanning enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2012-13 at international, domestic and club level. In December 2012 at the age of 20 she broke the record for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in an ODI by an Australian female cricketer.
Requiring only 23 balls to reach 50 runs, she then went on to notch her century from 45 balls. Her knock included 18 fours and three sixes and saw her overtake Karen Rolton on the honour roll, who took 57 balls to score a century in 2000.
While playing for Victoria in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) earlier that season Lanning broke the record for the highest individual score in a WNCL match when she hit 175, including 27 boundaries, against the ACT Meteors; once again passing Rolton (173) in the record books.
Only eight days after snatching the WNCL record, Lanning broke the record for the highest score in a Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (VWCA) match. Playing for Box Hill, she posted 241 off 136 balls, which included 34 fours and four sixes.
She capped off her season by helping the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars claim the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in early 2013, a tournament in which she notched her fourth One Day International (ODI) century in an early match against New Zealand.
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