Villani hundred extends Victoria’s winning streak in WNCL 2021
The purple patch of Elyse Villani continued as her third century in this season of the Women’s National Cricket League helped Victoria beat Queensland Fire by six wickets on Friday(March 5). With this win, Victoria has remained unbeaten in the six matches they have played so far this season.
Chasing less than five runs an over, Victoria openers Villani and Sophie Molineux got them off to a good start. Together, they added 83 runs before Jess Jonassen removed Molineux for 25 from 38 balls.
Though Meg Lanning got out early, the same old story of this season continued as Villani and Ellyse Perry constructed a partnership. Both of them took on the Fire’s bowlers scoring faster than run-a-ball. Villani brought up her third century of the season while Perry scored 62 runs from 59 balls.
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With inches away from victory, Jonassen dismissed Villani for a 101-ball 118 and Perry with a caught-and-bowled dismissal in her next over. Eventually, Victoria chased the target in 38.2 overs. Jonassen’s bowling was the only limelight for the Fire as she took three for 43 in her ten overs.
Earlier, after being put to bat first by Victoria, the Fire lost Georgia Voll cheaply. Joined by Charli Knott, Georgia Redmayne tried to build a partnership. The duo added 54 runs for the second wicket before the latter gave a return catch to Molly Strano and got out for 35 from 51 balls.
Knott fell shortly after to Georgia Wareham for a 46-ball 23. The Fire were in a bit of trouble at 67 for three when Jonassen walked in at number five. With Grace Harris, she added 35 runs before Wareham dismissed the former.
Jonassen, however, held fort at one end scoring 43 runs from 46 balls before getting out to Kim Garth. Lower-order partnerships from Mikayla Hinkley and Ellie Johnston and quickfire counterattacking innings from Laura Kimmince helped the Fire scarp their way to 233 for nine in 50 overs. Strano was the pick of the bowlers with two crucial wickets for 33 runs in her eight overs.
Queensland Fire 233/9 in 50 overs (Jess Jonassen 43; Molly Strano 2/33) lost to Victoria Women 237/4 in 38.2 overs (Elyse Villani 118; Jess Jonassen 3/43) by six wickets.