Having been overlooked for Australia’s upcoming tour of New Zealand, Elyse Villani has continued to let selectors introspect on the decision. The right-handed batsman scored her third century of the domestic 50-over season on Friday as she helped Victoria claim a six-wicket victory over Queensland at Junction Ovals.
Villani played a sensational knock of 118 runs off just 101 balls, helping Victoria chase down a 223-run total set by Queensland with ease. Ellyse Perry too contributed wonderfully with 59-ball 62. ‘
With that century, she has become the first player to score three centuries in a Women’s National Cricket League season. Villani stitched an 83-run opening partnership with Sophie Molineux to set the foundation for the chase.
Molineux’s dismissal brought Australia captain Meg Lanning to the crease, who found the boundary from the second ball she faced with a sublime drive. The partnership ran for some time before Jonassen accounted for Lanning’s wicket. Ellyse Perry then joined hands with the opener and the duo made sure they cruise to the target easily.
Villani has been in sensational form of late. The opener boasts scores of 135, 80, 11, 61, 133 and 118. Yet, she has missed out on Australia’s squad for the New Zealand tour. With two strong Australian openers in Racheal Haynes and Alyssa Healy and a backup opener in Ben Mooney, it’s going to be very difficult for Villani to make it into the side.