Tasmania were unable to celebrate Corinne Hall's 50th WNCL game with a victory, falling to Victoria by five wickets at the TCA ground.
Taking on the side featuring six Australian representatives and T20 world cup squad member Annabel Sutherland, Tasmania's 198 just wasn't enough as Sophie Molineux showed class with a commanding 80.
The Tasmanian innings got off to a solid start as English import Hollie Armitage and the in-form Meg Phillips put together a 70-run partnership before the former was dismissed for 35.
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A flurry of wickets - including Phillips for 30 - saw the Tigers slump to 4-102 but Nicola Carey pulled her weight again, amassing 73 off 86 to keep her newly-adopted side in the hunt as Molineux finished with 3-33.
Much like Tasmania's innings, a strong platform was the key to the chase as Molineux and Elyse Villani (44) compiled a 91-run stand before Meg Lanning came in.
Her Tigers namesake - Phillips, who took 3-26 - removed the Australian skipper for only four as a steady flow of wickets continued to fall but it would all be too late as freshly-minted Victorian Ellyse Perry (44 not out) and Alana King saw them home.
The two sides face off again at the same venue on Thursday.
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