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Meteors reduce Tassie Roar to silence

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Lee Gaskin

THE ACT Meteors put their demons to rest in style in their Women's National Cricket League clash with Tasmanian Roar.

A day after stumbling in a small run chase, the Meteors returned to winning ways with a 54-run victory at West Park Oval in Burnie on Saturday.

Half-centuries to Asha Smith (60) and Sara Hungerford (66) laid the foundation before Rhiannon Dick's power-hitting pushed the Meteors to an imposing 5-277 from their 50 overs.

The No.8 batter smashed 60 from 38 balls, including two powerful sixes, to put the visitors in the box seat to make up for Friday's Twenty20 defeat.

The Meteors were never seriously challenged in the field, taking wickets at regular intervals as the Roar finished at 8-223.

Dick followed up her terrific cameo with the bat with a tight bowling spell, taking 1-29 from her 10 overs to lead the attack, while spinner Sally Moylan picked up 2-40.

The Meteors won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first, despite failing to chase down 115 in Friday's Twenty20 match. In that match the Meteors needed just 16 runs from the final four overs with seven wickets in hand, but stumbled at the crucial moments to finish on 6-111.

Laura Wright and Smith got the Meteors off to a solid start to ensure there wouldn't be a repeat performance before Wright was bowled for 23. That brought Hungerford to the wicket, her 104-run partnership with Smith tipping the match in the ACT's favour.

The Meteors round out their trip to the Apple Isle with a Twenty20 game against the Roar on Sunday.

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