A Meg Lanning masterclass lifted Victoria to the biggest total of the WNCL season while sending the ACT Meteors crashing down to earth.
Lanning struck 96 from 81 balls to lead Victoria to a 155-run win over Jono Dean's outfit at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday.
She fell agonisingly short of scoring a century when Rebecca Carter caught her out in the 38th over, but the haul played a starring role in Victoria's 7-287 total.
George Wareham scored 67 runs at the tail end, while Amy Yates was the pick of the Meteors' bowlers and took 2-57 in 10 overs.
"The difference was that they batted better than us," Dean said.
"We came up against a pretty good outfit and they showed us how cricket is played in 2020. Lanning and Wareham were outstanding with the bat, then the likes of Vlaeminck came out bowling fast.
"There's a reason why they play for Australia and I think for us, there's some good signs again.
"We started well with the new ball this weekend, which is something we've been asking from our bowling group. It's about ticking a few more boxes."
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Things went from bad to worse for the Meteors when they launched their response, with Carter and Katie Mack both being out for a duck in the first over.
Tayla Vlaeminck and Ellyse Perry rolled through the Meteors' top order, leaving the ACT side searching for a sign of life at 3-5 by the third over.
That came from a 49-run partnership between Madeline Penna (20) and captain Angela Reakes, with the latter topping the charts for the Meteors with 54 runs.
Nicola Hancock (18*) and Yates (14) were the only other batters to reach double digits.
"Ange was feeling the pinch a little bit so it was pleasing to see her get some runs. I know she's disappointed to not get on with it and make a bigger score," Dean said.
"We lost three wickets early, it's a push to win a game of cricket like that and chase a total of 280. I'm pleased for Ange, but we definitely need more from our batting group for sure.
"It's a really great learning experience for our girls and anyone who is going to come up against the likes of Lanning and Perry - seeing how they go about their business is really important for Cricket Australia moving forward.
"It was a big challenge for us, a big mismatch on paper, and we weren't good enough. But we know next time we come against this group we'll be in better shape."
The Meteors have now fallen to a 3-1 record and have 12 days to prepare for back-to-back fixtures against the NSW Breakers in Canberra.
Victoria will remain in the Harbour City to host the South Australian Scorpions on Tuesday, with two of their home fixtures moved following the state's recent COVID-19 outbreak.
AT A GLANCE
WNCL Match 10: VICTORIA 7-287 (Meg Lanning 96, Georgia Wareham 67; Amy Yates 2-57) bt ACT METEORS 132 (Angela Reakes 54; Tayla Vlaeminck 4-16, Ellyse Perry 2-14)