Sara Hungerford plays a cut shot for the Meteors. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
The ACT Meteors fell four runs short in a thrilling run chase to square their Women's National Cricket League Twenty20 series with the Queensland Fire.
Chasing 138 for victory, Meteors tailender Kate Owen (19 not out from 15 balls) needed to clear the rope with the final ball of the match to secure a memorable win. However, she could only manage a single as the Meteors were restricted to 8-134 and split the Twenty20 matches with the Fire at Freebody Oval on Sunday.
''We started off with reasonable momentum with our batting, but couldn't keep going,'' Meteors coach Andrew Dawson said. ''We're struggling with some spin and well-directed medium-pace bowling clamped us down in the middle overs.
Laura Wright pulls a delivery into the air. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
''We started to come back towards the end, but probably 140 was a bit too much to chase on that wicket.''
Despite the loss, the Meteors remain in fourth spot, a game clear of the Fire on the Twenty20 ladder.
The Meteors had the run chase under control until they lost two wickets in the space of three balls.
From a position of power at 4-106 in the 15th over, the quick dismissals of Sara Hungerford, who top-scored with 35, and Kate Waetford (9), swung the match in the Fire's favour.
Rene Farrell was the next to go, one of four run-outs in the Meteors' innings, as the hosts still had an unlikely shot with 13 required off the last over.
A single to Sally Moylan and two runs off each of the next three balls from Owen delivered the grandstand finish, but the Fire hung on.
Delissa Kimmince laid the foundation for the Fire's total with 66 from just 51 balls, while left-arm orthodox spinner Rhiannon Dick was the pick of the Meteors' bowlers with 2-26.
The Meteors will be back in action after the Christmas break when they host Western Australia at Freebody Oval from January 4-6.