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Boom for batters in Boxing Day WBBL

AAP logoAAP 26/12/2016 Pete Smith

Boxing Day proved to be a profitable day for batters in the WBBL with Adelaide Strikers' Sophie Devine hitting the competition's fastest century and Australian captain Meg Lanning in sparkling form.

Lanning crashed a season-best 97 not out to help the Melbourne Stars to a comfortable 54-run win over Brisbane Heat and a lone grip on top spot in the WBBL.

Lanning was in superb touch at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, dominating an experienced Heat bowling attack in a 72-ball innings that included three sixes.

The Heat never looked like chasing down the Stars' 2-148 and were eventually limited to 7-94 off their 20 overs.

New Zealander Morna Nielsen shone brightest with the ball for the Stars, collecting 3-19.

While Lanning was firing in Brisbane, there was an even greater display of hitting in Adelaide as Sophie Devine struck a stunning 103 not out.

Just the second hundred in the WBBL's brief history, Devine's knock for the Adelaide Strikers came off just 48 balls, and included a remarkable eight sixes.

The only other century in the competition was scored by the Heat's Grace Harris last December, who hit 103 off 55 balls in a match against the Sydney Sixers.

The Strikers eased to a seven-wicket win with their 3-146 coming off just 16.3 overs.

Earlier, the Hurricanes posted a competitive 3-143 with Heather Knight hitting an impressive 69.

The win sees the Strikers jump to second, a point shy of the Melbourne Stars, while their opponents slipped from equal first to third.

Sydney Thunder earned a much-needed eight-wicket win over bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades at Blacktown.

Thunder's Alex Blackwell top-scored with 61 not out as the home side comfortably passed the Renegades' 4-110 with 4.1 overs to spare.

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