Sara Hungerford watches the bails fly as she is bowled on Friday. Photo: Graham Tidy
The ACT Meteors copped a blow to their finals chances in the women's Twenty20 competition, losing to Western Australian by eight wickets at Freebody Oval in Queanbeyan on Friday.
But the Meteors can still make the final with a win over WA on Sunday, if Victoria lose again to NSW in their second T20 clash.
Western Australia dominated the Meteors, who won the toss and elected to bat. The top order failed to fire in a modest total of 90 runs thanks to a knock of 32 from 27 balls by Aimee Harris.
''Due credit to Western Australia, they bowled very tightly with the conditions and we just didn't bat well,'' coach Andrew Dawson said.
''Aimee Harris batting at No.7 did a fantastic job - probably one of the best innings I've seen Aimee play for the Meteors, it was a fantastic innings.''
Dawson was left frustrated after the game, with captain Kris Britt the only top-order batter to reach double figures with 15 runs.
''It was just one of those days, we didn't perform well with the bat and I don't think it's probably worth losing too much sleep over. Hopefully the girls over the next two days just get back to doing what they've been doing reasonably well.''
Western Australia won the game in the 17th over, with opener Jenny Wallace hitting a six to overtake the Meteors and finish with 49 not out.
The teams play a one-day match on Saturday, but with the Meteors out of finals contention in the 50-over game, they are looking to play themselves into form for the all-important T20 match on Sunday.
''I guess we're in that position where we're playing with freedom and WA are doing that as well - they know they're through to the finals … I don't think we'll experiment too much with it,'' Dawson said.