Schutt returns home a Star
21 February, 2013
South Australian Scorpion, Megan Schutt, has returned home today from the 2013 Women’s World Cup in India.
The Southern Stars accounted for the West Indies by 144 runs in the final of the tournament as Schutt snared 2 wickets to add to her already impressive wicket tally.
After making her debut for the Southern Stars just over two months ago, Schutt has enjoyed the journey thus far.
“It’s been pretty hectic,” Schutt said.
“To only debut a couple of months ago, I increased my training as soon as I found out I was in the squad.
“It’s all progressed really fast and has been amazing.”
Finishing the tournament as leading wicket taker after taking 15 wickets in seven games, Schutt is happy to have lived her childhood dream.
“It’s been a dream since I was a kid, so to live that now is just amazing,” Schutt said.
“I didn’t expect to go so well, but that’s just a bonus.
“To win a World Cup and be leading wicket taker, I can’t ask for anything more.”
Schutt will now take a well earner break before resuming training for the upcoming Ashes test match between England and Australia.
Schutt powers Southern Stars to World Cup win
Wednesday 20 February, 2013
A Megan Schutt inspired Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have claimed the ICC Women’s World Cup with a 114-run win over the West Indies at the Cricket Club of India (CCI).
South Australian Scorpion, Megan Schutt, was the leading wicket taker for the tournament, claiming 15 wickets in 7 games. The victory capped off a remarkable tournament for Schutt after making her International debut just two months ago.
After winning the toss and electing to bat the Australian side got off to a solid start, with openers Meg Lanning (31) and Rachael Haynes (52) having no trouble finding the boundary early on. Haynes and Lanning built a 52-run partnership before the latter was caught out in the tenth over. Victorian Jess Cameron (75) joined Haynes at the crease and had an immediate impact. A brilliant 75-run knock from Cameron earned her player of the match honours.
Jodie Fields (36*) and Ellyse Perry (25*) added some valuable runs towards the end of the innings, with the Australian side finishing 7-259. Australia’s total was the highest ever for a 50-over Women’s World Cup Final (the World Cups between 1973-93 were 60-over matches). Shaquana Quintyne (3-27) was the only multiple wicket-taker for the West Indies.
Handed the new ball, Schutt went unrewarded for a brilliant opening spell, before breaking through later in the game to finish with figures of 2-38. The West Indies eased into their run chase and it wasn’t until the tenth over that the Australian bowling attack broke through, with Ellyse Perry (3-19) claiming the wicket of Kycia Knight (17) leg-before-wicket (lbw). Perry increased her pressure on the top order in the following overs with great success, catching Stafanie Taylor (5) off her own bowling and claiming Natasha McLean (13) lbw. Lisa Sthalekar (2-20) and Erin Osborne (2-26) also claimed two wickets each before the West Indies were bowled out for 145 in the 44th over.
Having claimed the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars now hold the World Cups in both the 20-over and 50-over formats.
The final marked Alex Blackwell’s 100th career ODI. She also notched her 100th WNCL match this season just passed and reached her 50th international T20 match during last year’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Schutt on top of the world
17 February, 2013
In her first World Cup, South Australian Scorpion, Megan Schutt, is preparing to strut her stuff for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the final against the West Indies tonight in Mumbai (February 17).
At just 20 years of age, Schutt has had a busy few months, making her first International appearance in December, completing the domestic season with Scorpions, and was then back in the green and gold taking on New Zealand before setting off to India to prepare for the sports' pinnacle event.
Taking on any challenge thrown her way, Schutt’s rapid rise has resulted in her taking the new ball alongside fellow speedster and dual International, Ellyse Perry and fellow young gun, Holly Ferling.
Leading from the front, Schutt finished the minor rounds as equal leading wicket taker after claiming 13 victims in 6 games.
Despite claiming figures of 3/50, Schutt was unable to power Australia across the line in their final match against the West Indies, the favourites going down by eight runs in a tight affair.
Tonight’s final will mark the first time the West Indies have reached a World Cup final whilst Australia, who remained undefeated until the final pool game, will be looking to add the 50 over title to their previous two T20 crowns.
The final of the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup will be televised live on Fox Sports from 7.45pm (AEST).
** For full details on the Scorpions' 2012/13 schedule, click SACA's calendar of events.