Stars shine brightest in WNCL clashes

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.

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