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ICC WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2017

Villani Hits Century In World Cup Warm-up

21 June 2017

Elyse Villani // Getty Images

The Scorchers batter scored a brilliant 137 after arriving at the crease with Australia in trouble at 3-40.

A sensational century from Perth Scorchers batter Elyse Villani steered Australian to a 103-run win against South Africa in their ICC Women's World Cup warm-up match at Oakham School on Tuesday.

Defending a strong total of 5-324, Australia bowled out the South Africans for 221, with Villani’s knock of 137 proving the difference.

After losing the toss and being sent into bat, Australia stumbled to 3-40 as Scorchers batter Nicole Bolton (14), Beth Mooney (24) and Meg Lanning (0) struggled to get on top of the South African bowling attack.

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The wicket of Lanning brought Villani (137) to the crease and alongside Ellyse Perry (67), the duo combined for a 167-run partnership to swing the momentum in favour of the Australians.

“I was pretty happy with it,” Villani said. “I was trying to keep simple plans, play nice and straight, hit the sweepers and build some good partnerships.”

Australia will complete a second warm-up match against Pakistan on Thursday, before opening their World Cup campaign on Monday against the West Indies in Taunton.

Villani’s focus is clearly on the competition proper.

“It was nice (to score a century),” she said.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t count for too much. It’s nice to spend some time out in the middle.

“Hopefully it holds me in good stead for the tournament.”

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