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Healy ton inspires Breakers' WNCL win

Southern Stars Australia women Alyssa Healy
Healy ton inspires Breakers' WNCL win
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A stunning 159 by Alyssa Healy has helped NSW Breakers crush Tasmanian Roar by 207 runs in their Women's National Cricket League clash at the Gabba on Friday.

The opener thrashed 27 fours and a six in her 115-ball knock that helped lift the Breakers to a daunting 3-377 off their 50 overs.

Wicketkeeper Healy's knock fell short of Meg Lanning's domestic record of 175 and the Breakers were not in sight of Victoria's whopping 3-418 mark - both set in 2012.

However, it proved too good for Tasmania who were routed for 170 with 19 balls to spare.

NSW's Southern Stars off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner was the pick of the bowlers with 3-31.

It was a superb turnaround for Healy who managed just one run in NSW's opening one-wicket win over South Australia in the WNCL final re-match.

The Breakers cashed in on the field a week after they became the first fully professional female team in Australian domestic sport.

All Breakers squad members are on full-time contracts, with international players having the potential to earn more than $100,000 per year.

In other results on Friday, former England captain Charlotte Edwards' 100 helped South Australia (9-267) tie with Queensland (267) in a Brisbane thriller while ACT (8-195) defeated hosts WA by 25 runs.

The Breakers have a point to prove after being upset by South Australia in last season's WNCL final.

It snapped NSW's decade-long winning streak.

The Breakers moved to the top of the WNCL ladder with an 2-0 record, albeit with four matches still to be played in this weekend's opening round robin of fixtures in Brisbane and Perth.

On Saturday, ACT play Victoria in Perth.

On Sunday, NSW tackle Queensland, defending champions South Australia take on lowly Tasmania (both in Brisbane) and Western Australia host Victoria in Perth.

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