Southern Vipers 180 for 2 (Bates 119*) beat Loughborough Lightning 134 (Bates 3-15) by 46 runs
Suzie Bates hit a sensational unbeaten 119 as champions Southern Vipers thumped Loughborough Lightning by 46 runs in Derby to make it two wins from two in defence of their Kia Super League title.
The 29-year-old New Zealand captain hit 15 fours and four sixes as Lightning paid a heavy price for Australian star Ellyse Perry's dropped catch when she was on 39.
For good measure, Bates took three wickets with her medium pace and held a brilliant catch on the boundary as Lightning were bowled out for 134.
The innings is among the highest in women's Twenty20 cricket at the highest level. Australian Meg Lanning's 126 against Pakistan in 2014 is the highest individual score in international T20s, while the biggest so far in Australia's Women's Big Bash is Sophie Devine's 103 not out for Strikers Women against Hurricanes Women.
Perry put Bates down off her own bowling, throwing out her right arm in her follow-through as the ball was driven back down the pitch but failing to hold on to the chance.
It was a sharp opportunity but Perry was furious with herself for letting it slip.
And how Bates made Perry and her team-mates suffer as Vipers amassed 180 for 2 from their 20 overs, the biggest total so far in the Kia Super League, which is in its second season.
Bates raced to 53 off just 30 balls as Vipers broke the KSL's Powerplay record at 63 without loss, Bates launching sixes big enough to clear even the deeper boundary marker in position for the men's game in the NatWest T20 Blast that followed.
It was not until the 10th over that Lightning made a breakthrough as Hayley Matthews holed out to Elyse Villani at long-on and the only other moment of celebration for the home side came when Thea Brookes ran out Georgia Adams with a direct hit from extra cover.
But there was no stopping Bates, who passed Dane van Niekerk's 91 for Loughborough Lightning last year as the fledgling competition's highest individual score.
It came during a Perry over which saw Adams caught off a full toss that was ruled a no-ball for height. Soon after hitting her 15th four, Bates completed her century off 63 deliveries with a push into the offside off Kristen Beams before celebrating with her fourth six.
Lightning's reply began disastrously as Villani, their key top-order batter, was run out at the non-striker's end off just the fourth ball as left-arm seamer Tash Farrant deflected a drive by Amy Jones into the stumps.
Villani, who missed Lightning's opening match with a shoulder injury, was gone for 1 and when Perry was run out for 6 the home side's position already looked irretrievable at 25 for 3, with only skipper Georgia Elwiss, Derbyshire's Sarah Glenn and Thea Brookes offering anything of substance in reply.
Beaten in both their opening matches, Lightning - semi-finalists last year - face a tough task to qualify for finals day this year. To rub salt in their wounds, allrounder Paige Scholfield has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after breaking a thumb in the defeat by Western Storm last Saturday.