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Ebsary earns ACA All*Star selection

19 March 2014

South Australian Scorpion Lauren Ebsary has today been named in the ACA Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women's Twenty20 All*Star Team of the Year at the 2013/14 Cricket Australia State Cricket Awards.

Ebsary's selection comes off the back of 251 WNCL runs and 384 runs in the WT20 competition. She also managed six half-centuries across both formats.

The T20 format was arguable Ebsary's strongest version of the game; her 384 runs, at an average of 48.00, including a high score of 85 not out.

Leading from the front, Ebsary's form also earned her selection in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars tour match against England in an Ashes warm-up in early January.

ACA WNCL All*Star Team of the Year
1. Nicole Bolton (WA)
2. Meg Lanning (VIC) CAPTAIN
3. Beth Mooney (QLD)
4. Kate Blackwell (WA) VICE CAPTAIN
5. Sarah Elliott (VIC)
6. Lauren Ebsary (SA)
7. Alyssa Healy (NSW)
8. Ellyse Perry (NSW)
9. Erin Osborne (NSW)
10. Rene Farrell (ACT)
11. Holly Ferling (QLD)
12. Jodie Fields (QLD)

ACA WT20 All*Star Team of the Year
1. Meg Lanning (VIC) CAPTAIN
2. Elyse Villani (VIC)
3. Nicole Bolton (WA)
4. Alex Blackwell (NSW) VICE CAPTAIN
5. Lauren Ebsary (SA)
6. Alyssa Healy (NSW)
7. Ellyse Perry (NSW)
8. Erin Osborne (NSW)
9. Rene Farrell (ACT)
10. Kirsten Pike (QLD)
11. Kathleen Hempenstall (VIC)
12. Delissa Kimmince (QLD)

Patterson in Sri Lankan-bound Shooting Stars squad

22 December 2014

10-221013Patterson Bridget 100x100Bridget is off to Sri Lanka in February.

South Australian Scorpion Bridget Patterson has today been named in a squad of Australia’s top emerging women’s cricketers to represent the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars on its tour of Sri Lanka from 17-25 February.

Patterson, 20, found her stride at the top of the order for the SA Scorpions this season, the Kangaroo Island local scored 247 runs in 18 games, breaking through for her maiden half-century against Queensland in round four.

The dynamic right hander has turned heads with her blistering power and timing whilst opening the batting for the Scorpions. A talented wicket-keeper, Patterson’s energy and agility in the field are equally impressive.

The team will play two ODI and two T20 matches against Sri Lanka’s Women’s A team as part of a tour designed to expose players to the rigours of sub-continental conditions.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Head Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick will coach the squad, supported by former Australian player Lisa Sthalekar who will act as a Coaching Assistant and Team Manager.

The Shooting Stars squad to tour Sri Lanka:
Sarah Aley (NSW)        
Jemma Barsby (QLD)
Kristen Beams (VIC)
Nicole Bolton (WA)
Rene Farrell (ACT)
Grace Harris (QLD)
Alyssa Healy (NSW)
Delissa Kimmince (QLD)
Beth Mooney (QLD)
Bridget Patterson (SA)
Chloe Piparo (WA)
Angela Reakes (NSW)
Molly Strano (VIC)
Kara Sutherland (NSW)

Commenting on the squad, Chair of Selectors Julie Savage said: “This tour will be an excellent opportunity for our athletes to experience conditions in Sri Lanka.

"It is important to expose our players to differing playing conditions around the world to ensure that we are prepared for events such as the upcoming ICC World Twenty20, as well as tours to these regions in the future.

"This squad has a strong development focus, but also includes some more experienced players to maximise the learning opportunities presented by the camp."

Scorpions out to down Meteors

4 December 2013

An unchanged South Australian Scorpions' squad will depart for Canberra on Thursday as they prepare for this weekend’s Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s T20 (WT20) matches against The Tradies Meteors.

Having claimed two wins from three games against Queensland last round, the Scorpions currently sit third and fifth on the WNCL and WT20 ladders respectively, and are building confidence as the business end of the season approaches.

Scorpions' coach Andrea McCauley is pleased with the form of her charges in recent weeks and highlighted the importance of building momentum.

“It’s a big weekend; this could make or break our season," said McCauley.

“If we keep executing our game plan then we will do really well.

“Each time the girls go out to play they get better so let’s hope they can do that again this weekend against the ACT.”

SA Scorpions v The Tradies Meteors– round 5:
1. Samantha Betts
2. Lauren Ebsary (C)
3. Jakarra Hill
4. Neisha Iles
5. Tahlia McGrath
6. Tegan McPharlin
7. Beth Morgan
8. Bridget Patterson
9. Rhianna Peate (VC)
10. Hannah Perry
11. Alex Price
12. Megan Schutt
13. Amanda Wellington

Round 5 program: Friday 6 December – T20, 3pm Freebody No.2 Oval ; Saturday 7 December – WNCL, 10am Freebody No.2 Oval ; Sunday 8 December – T20, 10am Freebody No.2 Oval


Scorpions outclassed by Spirit

Monday 21 October, 2013

Another inspired innings from Elyse Villani led the Commonwealth Bank Vic Spirit to a clean-sweep of matches with a nine-wicket win over the SA Scorpions on Sunday.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Scorpions suffered an early set-back, losing Bridget Patterson (2) in the second over.

Scorpions vice-captain, Rhianna Peate and captain, Lauren Ebsary, then set to work, putting on 37 runs before Peate fell for 15, bringing Beth Morgan to the crease.

In what was the highest individual score for the Scorpions across the weekend, Morgan let her bat do the talking, compiling an unbeaten 49 from just 40 balls to help take the home side’s total past 100. A valuable 18 runs from Tahlia McGrath saw the Scorpions reach a very competitive 5/119 from their allotted 20 overs.

In response, the Victorians were never trouble, with openers Villani (59) and Meg Lanning (46*) posting 106 for the loss of the first wicket.  Australian fast bowler, Megan Schutt did her best to restrict the Spirit’s scoring (0/12) while Ebsary was the Scorpions lone wicket-taker.

The win wrapped up a dominant weekend from the Spirit, having outclassed the Scorpions by 82 runs in the first of two T20s on Friday.

An unbeaten 76 from Villani and 65 from Lanning set the tone for the weekend as the Spirit set the Scorpions 160 for victory.

Morgan (17), McGrath (19) and Peate (11) were the only Scorpions to reach double figures, the steady flow of wickets proved too damaging for the home side as they we dismissed for 78.

On Saturday, a sensational 133 not out from Victorian Elyse Villani was the difference as the Scorpions suffered a 182-run loss in their Women’s National Cricket League match.

Batting first, Victoria were cruising, reaching 83 before Scorpion’s recruit, Hannah Perry (4/45), claimed the wicket of Meg Lanning (49). Perry’s first wicket for her new state instigated a Spirit collapse, the visitors losing 4/35.

Unfazed by the continuous departure of teammates, Villani blasted 14 boundaries (13x4’s and 1x6) stealing back the momentum as her team set the Scorpions 276 runs for victory.  

Lauren Ebsary (1/64), Alex Price (1/43), Jakarra Hill (1/44) and Megan Schutt (1/45) all claimed a wicket-a-piece.

Again it was left up to English recruit, Beth Morgan (24), to hold together the batting innings, Schutt (14*), Ebsary (13) and Alicia Dean (11) the next best with the bat.

The Scorpions next take on Western Australia at home in November and will be looking to secure their first points of the 2013/14 season. Hannah Perry will be one to watch with the ball as she continues her impressive debut season, while Beth Morgan and Lauren Ebsary will require support if they are to challenge with the bat this season.


Scorpions’ recruit set to debut in season opener

Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Spinner Hannah Perry is a chance to make her debut this weekend when the South Australian Scorpions begin their 2013/14 season against Victoria at Park 25 in Adelaide.

Selectors have also included veteran Neisha Iles, who returns to the squad following a season away from domestic cricket, strengthening an imposing bowling line-up headlined by Australian representative Megan Schutt.

Having made the move from New South Wales during the Scorpions’ pre-season, Perry’s call-up follows an impressive bowling display during round one of the SACA Grade Cricket competition on Saturday, claiming 4/33 against reigning premiers West Torrens.

The Scorpions enter their clash against Victoria full of confidence, having completed a rigorous pre-season regime under new coach, Andrea McCauley.

“The squad was really tested with fitness a huge focus early on and all of the players showed remarkable improvements,” said McCauley.

 “We were able to build upon the experience the girls gained from last season through several trial matches.

 “There is an air of confidence around the group and they are raring to go against Victoria.”

Lauren Ebsary will again captain the Scorpions in 2013/14 with Rhianna Peate her deputy.

SA Scorpions v Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit– round 1:

  1. Samantha Betts
  2. Alicia Dean
  3. Lauren Ebsary - captain
  4. Jakarra Hill
  5. Neisha Iles
  6. Tahlia McGrath
  7. Tegan McPharlin
  8. Beth Morgan
  9. Bridget Patterson
  10. Rhianna Peate
  11. Hannah Perry (new – from NSW)
  12. Alex Price
  13. Megan Schutt

Round 1 program: Friday 18 October – T20, 2pm Park 25; Saturday 19 October – WNCL, 10am Park 25; Sunday 20 October – T20, 10am Park 25.


SACA launches 2013/14 season

20 September, 2013

         SACA SEASON LAUNCH SEPT 13 _124

The South Australian Cricket Association launched the 2013/14 season yesterday in front of more than 100 people at the National Wine Centre on Thursday.

Heading into one of the most exciting eras for South Australian cricket, today's launch signified the start of the new SACA Premier League competition and an important summer ahead for SACA's elite teams, the West End Redbacks and South Australian Scorpions.

Having returned from Australian duties in the recent women's Ashes series, Megan Schutt spoke on stage about her overseas experience and the drive for the Scorpions to deliver results this season.

"To play and win at Lord's was an incredible experience, along with being involved in a test match at the start of the series," she said.

"It is great to be back in Adelaide and I know the girls have had one of their best pre-seasons; we want to win this summer and that is our goal.

“I think we have a big future ahead of us, we’ve gained a lot of experience, especially the younger girls over the last season.”

The Scorpions will continue their preparations this weekend with two trial games at Park 25.  


McCauley takes top role at Scorpions 

11 September, 2013

Andrea McAuley ass coach

Former South Australian and Australian representative, Andrea McCauley, has been named as head coach of the South Australian Scorpions for season 2013/14.

Having spent the last six seasons as the Scorpions’ assistant coach, McCauley has taken over the role from Russell Thompson and has already left her mark on the squad.

“We have such a depth of skills and experience within this group and I am really looking forward to helping the players develop and achieve success,” she said.

“The girls have been working incredibly hard, in particular on their fitness, which will hold them in good stead for the season ahead.”

Following Cricket Australia’s landmark announcement of the restructuring of the contracting system for women’s international and state cricket earlier this year, the Scorpion’s squad will for the first time receive contract retainer payments.

Those to benefit from the restructured contract funding include experienced campaigner, Neisha Iles, who returns to the squad, while fast bowling all-rounder, Kristy Williams has earned her first SA contract. Former rookie-listed player Brittany Perry (Tea Tree Gully/Northern Districts) also returns.

Hailing from grade club West Torrens, Williams played 15 games in 2012/13, claiming 21 wickets while conceding a mere 2.69 runs an over. Having previously represented the ACT in the Cricket Australia Cup, her all-round ability will add depth to the Scorpions batting line-up and provide another fast bowling option.

Lauren Ebsary will again lead the Scorpions in both the Women’s National Cricket League and Twenty20 competitions, while English recruit, Beth Morgan, returns to headline an exciting playing list that includes Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ fast-bowler, Megan Schutt.

McCauley believes that the squad has the right mix of experience and youth to challenge for a finals berth this season.

“Both Neisha Iles and Kristy Williams will bolster the bowling line-up and will bring a lot knowledge and experience to the group,” she said.

“I am keen to see the more experienced players really mentor the next generation of Scorpions.”

The Scorpions depart Adelaide this Saturday for Sydney where they will play three warm-up matches against New South Wales, the ACT and Papua New Guinea at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Scorpions list 2013/14
Samantha Betts - Port Adelaide
Alicia Dean - Port Adelaide
Lauren Ebsary (Captain) - West Torrens
Jakarra Hill - Kensington
Neisha Iles - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully
Tahlia McGrath - Southern District
Tegan McPharlin - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully
Beth Morgan - Kensington
Angela Moritz - West Torrens
Stephanie Morrison - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully
Bridget Patterson - Kangaroo Island/Kensington
Rhianna Peate - Sturt
Brittany Perry - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully
Alex Price - Sturt
Kylie Rattray - Southern District
Megan Schutt (Australia contract) - Sturt
Kiara Stockley - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully
Amanda Wellington - Port Adelaide
Kristy Williams - new West Torrens

Coaching staff:
Coach: Andrea McCauley
Assistant coach: Andrew Costello


Schutt to fire on home soil

The Ashes rivalry will continue into the New Year with the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series in Australia fixture announced today.

South Australian Scorpion, Megan Schutt, will return to Australia along with fellow Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teamates, to compete across all three formats in their home Ashes Series, which begins on January 10, 2014 in Perth.

The fixture features one Test match to be played in Perth; three One-Day Internationals, including two at the MCG in Melbourne and one in Hobart on Australia Day; and three T20 Internationals. The winner of each match accrues points based on a weighting-system to determine which team will raise the women’s Ashes trophy at the end of the Series.

The three T20s will be broadcast live on free-to-air on Channel 9 as a double-header with each men’s T20 International between Australia and England.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “We are pleased to confirm the full Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series schedule, which promised to be a thrilling contest between two highly competitive teams.

“We have enjoyed a long partnership with Channel 9 that has led the way in Australian sports coverage and we are thrilled to expand our national free-to-air coverage into women’s cricket this summer.

“The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ recent success has captured the attention of the public and I’m sure cricket fans all over the country will be tuning in as our female cricketers continue the Ashes battle during the T20s on Channel 9 this summer.

“This will be the first time the women’s Ashes Series will be played in Australia according to the new points format, so each match will be vital in determining who will claim the women’s Ashes trophy,” Sutherland said.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields said: ““The current Women’s Ashes Series has been a great battle between the two best teams in the world and we are looking forward to another big series in Australia early next year.

“Cricket contests between Australia and England always create a great sense of rivalry and they hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the players and the public.

“We love playing in front of our home crowd and we hope that the Australian fans will continue to support us next summer,” Fields said.

Coverage of the women’s T20 international matches on Channel 9 this summer will be complemented by the recent confirmation that FOX SPORTS will broadcast this week’s three women’s T20I Ashes matches.


Women’s Ashes Schedule





Points for a win

Points for a draw/tie

January 10-13



6 points

2 points

January 19



2 points

1 point

January 23



2 points

1 point

January 26



2 points

1 point

January 29



2 points

1 point

January 31



2 points

1 point

February 2



2 points

1 point

*Double-header with men’s T20 International (England v Australia)


Tour matches

January 6-7, Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars v England Women, WA (2-day match)

January 17, Australian Women’s Representative XI v England Women, Melbourne (50-overs)

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are supported by the Australian Government’s Women in Sport Media Grant program, which is designed to increase the profile of women’s sport through increased media coverage.