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Female domestic players to receive significant pay rise

Thursday 21 May, 2015

Cricket Australia (CA) today announced significant pay rises for female domestic cricketers.

The $600,000 investment by CA and the State and Territory Associations will see the best state players more than double their payments to $17,000.

Megan Schutt 201415Megan Schutt will benefit national and domestically.

In addition to these domestic payments, CA-contracted cricketers can earn retainers of more than $50,000 plus tour payments lifting potential earnings to $85,000 over the coming year.

The investment will take the total Women’s Payment Fund to $2.26 million up 36 per cent on last year.

All Women’s National Cricket League (50 over competition) contracted players will now receive the maximum $7,000 retainer, with all those signed to play in the exciting new WBBL receiving additional retainers of $3000 to $10,000.

WBBL clubs will be looking to sign their foundation players now the contracting window is open for the inaugural season.

CA CEO James Sutherland said: “Cricket Australia and the State and Territory Associations are proud of this important step as we work together to further professionalise women’s cricket.

“Female players at both domestic and national level devote a huge amount of time and energy to their cricket and this move recognises their commitment and contribution to cricket as Australia’s favourite sport.

“We are still working towards the day when Australia's female cricketers will be able to earn a full-time, professional living from cricket. But the performances of our female stars justify this step and the day will come when future, full-time professional female cricketers will look back and thank those who went before them.

“It is an exciting time for the WBBL, with clubs signing foundation players for the inaugural season.

“The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the top-ranked women’s team in the world and clubs will be vying for the signatures of these world-class players, along with the strong emerging talent we have across the country.

“We want cricket to be the number one sport for girls and women in Australia and we believe that the WBBL can assist this goal by creating an inspiring visible pathway for the next generation of players, fans and volunteers.

“Young girls will now have more opportunities to follow in the footsteps of players such as Meg Lanning, Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry.”


Wellington a star on the rise

Wednesday 22 April, 2015

In the last three months since the Breezair SA Scorpions wrapped up their WNCL and WT20 seasons, 17-year-old leg spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington has been busier than ever.

Wellington set off to Sri Lanka in February with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars, a development squad aimed to complement the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad, for her first senior national tour. She then spent most of April in Dubai for the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars’ tour against the ECB Academy, playing four 50-over and two T20 matches.

Having also been included on the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars contract list for 2015-16 alongside state teammate and fellow spinner Alex Price, we caught up with the Port Adelaide Cricket Club product to get her thoughts on touring, what’s in store for the Scorpions next season and of course, the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).


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Amanda, you recently travelled to Dubai with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars to take on the ECB Women’s Academy, how did you enjoy the trip?

Traveling with the Shooting Stars to Dubai to play again the ECB Women's Academy was a great experience and a privilege. I loved every moment on and off the field.

What was it like playing in those conditions?

At first the conditions were hard to adapt to, especially the heat. I thought the pitches were similar to Sri Lanka; you really had to hit the deck to get it above the knee roll and to get the ball to turn. I also learned about changing my pace to increase the chance of getting spin.


What was the biggest thing you’ve learned from your time at the next level?

The hard work has only just started and in particular, I really need to concentrate on increasing my fitness levels. Playing for your country is a big step and it will take a lot of hard work to get there.

Is there anything that you can bring back to the Scorpions squad for next season?

While I was away with the Shooting Stars I was able to learn more about my own game on the field, both bowling and fielding. Playing alongside girls from other states also taught me about their strengths and weaknesses.

You were recently named in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars list for 2015/16 alongside Scorpions teammate Alex Price, how are you enjoying your time in the squad and getting to know some new faces?

So far I have enjoyed my time traveling to Sri Lanka and Dubai and playing in different conditions and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. The squad is a very talented group of girls and being able to play alongside them rather than against them has been a big eye opener.

What are your goals for next season?

Next season I hope to continue contributing in every game I play and it would be an absolute honour to go that one step further. As for the Scorpions, we had a taste of finals last season, so no doubt we will be fighting to get back there and go one better.

The inaugural WBBL is set to be launched next season, that’s obviously an exciting move for women’s cricket?

The announcement of the Women's Big Bash League is very exciting for women's cricket! It gives us another opportunity to show our skills in the shorter, quick pace game and hopefully it will help to increase the exposure of the game. 

Taylor stars at SACA Awards

Friday 27 March, 2015

English international Sarah Taylor has been recognised for her impressive debut season with the Breezair SA Scorpions, claiming the Andrea McCauley Trophy for the most outstanding cricketer in the Women’s National Cricket League and Women’s Twenty20 competitions.

Taylor compiled 438 runs, averaging 28.7 and 21.6 across both T20 and 50-over formats and with a highest score of 81 not out. With a reputation as one of the world’s best female wicket-keepers, Taylor completed eight catches and four stumping’s. She was also awarded the Women’s National Cricket League Batting Award. 

Other awards and winners:

Awarded to the most outstanding South Australian cricketer of the Under-18 Female National Championships

Annie O’Neil

Awarded to the South Australian cricketer with the highest batting aggregate in the Women’s National Cricket League

Lauren Ebsary

Awarded to the South Australian cricketer with the highest bowling aggregate in the Women’s National Cricket League.

Amanda Wellington


Sarah Taylor


Amanda Wellington

Awarded to the South Australian cricketer under 25 years of age, who has displayed significant improvement in their cricket ability, a high work ethic, team loyalty, distinguished character and respect for the game during the past 12 months.

Alex Price

Awarded to the most outstanding cricketer in the Women’s National Cricket League and Women’s T20.

Sarah Taylor

2014/15 Andrea McCauley Trophy Preview

Friday 27 March, 2015

With South Australian cricket’s night of nights nearly upon us, our attention shifts to acknowledging some of the most outstanding individual performances throughout the 2014/15 domestic season.

The Breezair SA Scorpions made the most of their ‘underdog’ tag in 2014/15 by securing their first finals berth since 2007/08.

The Scorpions’ spin-brigade in Amanda Wellington, Alex Price and Hannah Perry, proved to be a handful for opposition teams all season while pace bowlers Megan Schutt, Samantha Betts and Tahlia McGrath were all regular wicket-takers.

Schutt looked to be back to her best, claiming early wickets and making scoring extremely difficult for opposition batters, while Wellington’s breakout season with the ball earned her selection in the 2015/16 Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad alongside Price.

With the bat it was the skipper, Lauren Ebsary and international recruits, Sophie Devine and Sarah Taylor who led the way with consistent performances.

The dual skills of Devine and Taylor are expected to add to their vote tally; the raw pace of Devine was a standout while Taylor consistently showed incredible skill behind the stumps.

Another impressive season with the bat saw Ebsary recognised with selection in the ACA WNCL All*Star Team of the Year.

Bowlers McGrath and Schutt also proved their worth with the bat with match winning performances, while Tegan McPharlin produced a brilliant individual performance in round 7 to guide her side to an upset win over NSW.

Andrea McCauley Trophy

Awarded to the most outstanding cricketer in the Women’s National Cricket League, the Andrea McCauley Trophy is named after former South Australian captain and Australian representative, Andrea McCauley.

In contention:

Lauren Ebsary

Megan Schutt

Sarah Taylor

Amanda Wellington

Breezair SA Scorpions Most Improved

Awarded to the South Australian cricketer under 25 years of age, who has displayed significant improvement in their cricket ability, a high work ethic, team loyalty, distinguished character and respect for the game during the past 12 months.

In contention:

Samantha Betts

Tahlia McGrath

Alex Price

Amanda Wellington

For live updates from the night, follow @ScorpionsSA on Twitter.

Wellington named in Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad for Dubai tour 

3 March 2015

The Cricket Australia (CA) Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) today announced a squad of Australia’s top emerging women’s cricketers to represent the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars on its tour to Dubai from 30 March – 13 April.

Breezair SA Scorpion spinner, Amanda Wellington has been named in the squad following a successful tour of Sri Lanka last month with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars. Featuring heavily with the ball, Wellington finished the tour with best figures of 3/22. 

The team will play four 50-over and two T20 matches against the ECB Academy as part of the tour which is designed to combine a high performance training environment with valuable match-practice in sub-continent conditions.

Tasmanian Cripps Roar Head Coach Julia Price has been appointed Head Coach for the tour, while Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Head Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick will work as an Assistant Coach.

The squad will be based in Dubai and all matches will be played at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy.





Megan Banting



Jemma Barsby



Samantha Bates



Nicola Carey



Piepa Cleary



Lauren Cheatle



Ashleigh Gardner



Grace Harris



Nicola Hancock



Delissa Kimmince



Katie Mack



Beth Mooney



Elyse Villani



Amanda-Jade Wellington



Commenting on the squad, Chair of Selectors Julie Savage said: “The WNSP has selected a squad of exciting young players, complemented by the experience of some Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad members.

"These tours are a tremendous learning experience for the young players in our system, providing experience of overseas conditions as well as an intensive playing and training program in a touring environment.

"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 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India, as well as tours to these regions in the future.

"The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad members, having had significant touring and playing experience abroad and in Australia, are well placed to mentor the younger players and teach them the habits of successful international athletes, while at the same time enhancing their individual preparation ahead of the forthcoming Women’s Ashes series in England."

Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars v ECB Academy

2 April: 50-Over

4 April: 50-Over

6 April: 50-Over

8 April: 50-Over

11 April: T20

12 April: T20

Scorpions fall to NSW in final

Sunday, 25 January, 2015

The Breezair SA Scorpions have suffered a 144-run loss to the Lend Lease New South Wales Breakers in the final of the Women’s National Cricket League Final at Blacktown international Sportspark today.

Set 280 to win by defending champions New South Wales, the Scorpions made a steady start to the chase before Tegan McPharlin (13) was dismissed by Sarah Aley attempting to up the run rate.

Fellow opener Bridget Patterson (26) showed persistence with the bat, but when she fell, followed by Sarah Taylor (3) not long after, the Scorpions were in trouble at 3/55.

The pair’s dismissal brought Lauren Ebsary to the crease, the skipper looking in good touch with four four’s and a six in her run-a-ball 25 before an Ellyse Perry bouncer bought about her undoing.
The remaining Scorpions’ batters failed to fire, with the side bowled out for 135.

The day started positively for the Scorpions with Lauren Ebsary winning the toss and sending the Breakers into bat.

Speedster Megan Schutt (0/36) was again in good form with the ball, conceding just three runs from her first four overs. It was at the other end however that the damage was done as the Breakers' openers Alyssa Healy (40) and Rachel Haynes (79) attacked the spin of Amanda Wellington (0/48).

The introduction of Alex Price into the attack paid off, the left-armed spinner getting the all-important wicket of Healy, caught at mid-wicket by McPharlin.

The ability to keep the pressure on from both ends hurt the Scorpions as Haynes and Alex Blackwell (67) continued to find the boundary with ease.

Impressive bowling from Samantha Betts helped stem the flow of runs, the pressure bringing about the wickets of Blackwell and Leah Poulton (9).

It was Ellyse Perry however that proved to be a thorn in the Scorpions side, her 57 from 50 balls helping the Breakers to an imposing 4/279.

Schutt shines as Scorpions secure finals berth

Friday, 23 January, 2015

The Breezair SA Scorpions will play the New South Breakers in the final of the Women’s National Cricket League on Sunday after grinding their way to a three-wicket win over the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire at Bankstown today.

Set 91 runs to win, the Scorpions lost a number of early wickets to find themselves 3/16 in just the fourth over.

Youngster Tahlia McGrath (15) dug deep however, taking the challenge to the Fire bowlers before she was trapped lbw by Felicity Leydon-Davis (1/5), her wicket brining Sarah Taylor to the crease. 

Taylor (21*) showed the value of an experienced head, biding her time and combining nicely with Megan Schutt (9*) to hold off the Fire’s pressure; the pair’s 41-run partnership taking the Scorpions past the total with 20 overs remaining.

Earlier in the day it was the Fire captain Jodie Fields who won the toss and elected to bat, however the decision looked to go against Fields when fast-bowler Megan Schutt tore through the top-order, removing Grace Harris (11) and Danielle Hollis (0) in the space of two overs.

Some Alex Price and Lauren Ebsary magic in the field created two run outs before Fields (29) and Hayley Birkett (17*)  steadied the ship, combining for a 49-run partnership.

Scorpions captain Lauren Ebsary brought McGrath (1/11) and Schutt back into the attack and they repaid the faith, finishing off the tail to restrict Queensland to 90 off 28.4 overs. 

Seeley International sponsors Breezair SA Scorpions

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

The South Australian Cricket Association is proud to announce Seeley International as the inaugural Naming Rights Partner of the Breezair SA Scorpions.

Scorpions Breezair CMYK 3D 100x100The Scorpions will now be know as the Breezair SA Scorpions

The two-year deal is the first sponsorship arrangement for the Breezair SA Scorpions since their inception, capping off an exciting period for women’s cricket which also included the signing of Andrea McCauley as SACA’s first full-time female head coach and the recruitment of world-class internationals, Sarah Taylor and Sophie Devine.

SACA Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw is delighted to have secured Seeley International as the Breezair SA Scorpions’ sponsor and believes it is an important part of SACA’s commitment to female cricket.

“Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is a market leader; we are delighted to have their support of both the Scorpions and women’s cricket,” said Mr Bradshaw.

“Females remain an important strategic priority for SACA and additional investment has already been made in female Grade cricket and the introduction of a female version of the Premier League involving city-based and country teams.

“There was a 31% growth in girls and women playing cricket in the last year and this support helps us ensure this trend continues.”

Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, said the organisation was pleased to offer its support as the team’s first sponsor.

“As a South Australian success story, Seeley International is always keen to give back where it can, and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to support this young and emerging team of highly-talented local sportswomen,” Mr Seeley said.

“We are particularly proud to be able to have secured exclusive naming rights, and hope that the track record of impressive award-wins achieved by our Breezair range of air conditioners can offer inspiration to the Scorpions as they aim for success in their own right,” he said.

“We hope that this sponsorship helps to raise the profile of the team, and women’s cricket more broadly, across the community - and provide the Breezair SA Scorpions with confidence, knowing that they are backed and supported by the entire Seeley International team.”

Selectors have named an unchanged side from the one that completed a clean sweep of the ACT in round three, to face the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire beginning on Friday.

Konica Minolta Queensland Fire v Breezair SA Scorpions – Round 4

1.         Lauren Ebsary ©

2.         Samantha Betts

3.         Tahlia McGrath

4.         Tegan McPharlin

5.         Bridget Patterson

6.         Rhianna Peate

7.         Brittany Perry

8.         Hannah Perry

9.         Katelyn Pope

10.       Alex Price

11.       Megan Schutt

12.       Sarah Taylor

13.       Amanda Wellington

Round 4 program: Friday 12 December – WT20, 1pm Allan Border Field ; Saturday 13 December – WNCL, 10am Allan Border Field ; Sunday 14 December – T20, 10am Allan Border Field 


Pope to make Scorpions debut

27 November, 2014

Former South Australian Under 18 bowler, Katelyn Pope has been named to make her SA Scorpions debut against the ACT Tradies Meteors on Friday.

The Scorpions will be out to claim their first win of the season when they face the Meteors in two WT20 matches and one WNCL match across the weekend at Adelaide Oval No 2.

Pope, 18, has impressed with the ball for Grade side Kensington, claiming five wickets in as many matches with season-best figures of 2/6 against Southern District in round two of the SACA Women’s A Grade T20 competition.

“Katelyn has been training really well and has been in good form in the Grade cricket system; she will definitely add more variety to our pace attack as a left-hander,” said Andrea McCauley, SA Scorpions Coach.

SA Scorpions v The ACT Tradies Meteors – Round 3

1.      Lauren Ebsary ©

2.      Samantha Betts

3.      Tahlia McGrath

4.      Tegan McPharlin

5.      Bridget Patterson

6.      Rhianna Peate

7.      Brittany Perry

8.      Hannah Perry

9.      Katelyn Pope*

10.  Alex Price

11.  Megan Schutt

12.  Sarah Taylor

13.  Amanda Wellington

*Debut players    

In: Katelyn Pope (new – Kensington CC) Out: Sophie Devine (unavailable)            

Round 3: Friday 28 November – WT20, 12.30pm Adelaide Oval No 2; Saturday 29 November – WNCL, 10am Adelaide Oval No 2; Sunday 30 November – T20, 10am Adelaide Oval No 2.

Entry is free.

National League spots up for grab as City v Country continues

14 November, 2014

WWith round three of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s T20 (WT20) approaching, the Scorpions City and Country teams will have plenty to play for when they take to Park 25 tomorrow.

Entering match four of the Scorpions’ City v Country Series leading the ledger 2-1, the City side will be without skipper Megan Schutt, who is unavailable due to national duties. Schutt tore apart the City batting line-up last match, claiming five wickets opening the bowling. Former Scorpion Neisha Iles will come into the side alongside young spinner Taylor Gordon and Kayla McGrath.

The Rhianna Peate-led Country side have also included a young spinner in Shae Daly. Daly has already shown plenty of promise with the ball, claiming five wickets of her own in match one.

These matches provide a number of South Australian Under 15 and 18 players the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Lauren Ebsary and international recruit, Sarah Taylor, as well as providing valuable match practice ahead of their respective National Championships this season.                                       

Scorpions City v Scorpions Country, 10.00am Saturday, November 15 at Park 25.

Scorpions City Scorpions Country

Tayla Gordon

Samantha Betts

Maddie Green

Shae Daly

Neisha Iles

Lauren Ebsary

Sarah Lowe

Elle Falconer

Kayla McGrath

Jakarra Hill

Tahlia McGrath

Sarah Jameson

Steph Morrison

Ainsley Knight

Brittany Perry

Tait Mackrill

Alex Price

Tegan McPharlin

Emma Sampson

Bridget Patterson

Sarah Taylor

Rhianna Peate 

Amanda Wellington

Hannah Perry

Women’s Ashes Series 2015 schedule announced

12 November, 2014

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced the schedule for the 2015 Women’s Ashes Series, which will see the Test played in the middle of the series for the first time.

The 2015 Series, which runs from 21 July – 31 August, will be the third time that the Women’s Ashes has been contested across all three formats of the game and will include one Test match, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 Internationals (WT20 INTL).

Following a review of the first two multi-format Series by Cricket Australia (CA) and the ECB, the number of points awarded for winning the Test match will be reduced from six to four, with two points still awarded to each side in the event of a drawn Test. This move, along with scheduling the Test mid-series are to help improve the balance of the competition and to ensure maximum interest across the three formats throughout the series. The ODIs and WT20 INTLs will still be worth two points each for a win.

In addition to the six Women’s Ashes points on offer for the three ODIs, the matches will carry additional significance for both teams, as they will comprise Australia and England’s third round of fixtures in the new ICC Women’s Championship.

The Test match will be played at Kent County Cricket Club’s Spitfire Ground from 11-14 August and will coincide with an extended 164th Canterbury Cricket Week.

Prior to the WT20 INTL series the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to Ireland to play a three-match WT20 INTL series against Ireland.

Speaking about the Women’s Ashes Series 2015 Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Captain Meg Lanning said: “Cricket contests between Australia and England have a special place in the hearts and minds of the players and public.

“The ODI Series will be particularly important for both teams as we will be playing for Women’s Ashes points as well as ICC Women’s Championship points.

“The multi-format series has been a great success and we are looking forward to another competitive series against England and will be doing everything in our power to win back the Women’s Ashes.”

Since the first Women’s Ashes Series in Australia in 1934-35, England and Australia have competed for the Women’s Ashes (in different guises) on 20 occasions, with Australia claiming seven series victories, England six, in addition to seven drawn contests. 

Women’s Ashes Series 2015




Points for a win

Points for a draw

July 21


The County Ground, Taunton

2 points

1 point

July 23   


Bristol County Ground

2 points

1 point

July 26


New Road, Worcester

2 points  

1 point


11 – 14


The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

4 points 

2 points   

August 26


The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

2 points 


August 28


The County Ground, Hove

2 points  


August 31


SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

2 points


*ICC Women’s Championship fixture

#In the event of a draw in the WT20 INTL matches, a super over will be played

+Double-header with men’s T20I (England v Australia)

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v Ireland WT20 INTL Series

19 August, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v Ireland, Venue TBC

21 August, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v Ireland, Venue TBC

22 August, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v Ireland, Venue TBC


Scorpions prepare to face off in round 2 of City v Country

23 October, 2014

As round 2 of the Women’s National Cricket League gets underway this weekend, the SA Scorpions will be making the most of their bye when they take to Park 25 for the third match of the Scorpions’ City v Country Series on Saturday.

Having lost their opening two encounters, the City side will be bolstered by the inclusion of English international Sarah Taylor as well as the return of former South Australian and Australian fast bowler, Emma Sampson.

With the Scorpions next WNCL and WT20 matches a little over a month away, this weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for contracted and non-contracted players to put their name in front of selectors.

These matches also provide a number of South Australian Under 15 and 18 players the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Lauren Ebsary and Taylor, as well as providing valuable match practice ahead of their respective National Championships this season.                                      

Scorpions City v Scorpions Country, 10.00am Saturday, October 25 at Park 25.

Scorpions City

Scorpions Country

Maddie Green

Samantha Betts

Sarah Lowe

Lauren Ebsary

Tahlia McGrath

Ellie Falconer

Steph Morrison

Jakarra Hill

Brittany Perry

Sarah Jameson

Alex Price

Ainsley Knight

Katelyn Pope

Tait Mackrill

Emma Sampson

Tegan McPharlin 

Megan Schutt

Bridget Patterson

Chloe Sheer

Rhianna Peate   

Sarah Taylor

Hannah Perry

Amanda Wellington

Kiara Stockley

SA Scorpions to welcome New Year’s with a bang

13 August 2014

Women’s cricket in Adelaide will receive a boost this summer, with the SA Scorpions securing two international stars and playing two curtain-raisers for the Adelaide Strikers, including the New Year’s Eve extravaganza, at Adelaide Oval this summer.

The SA Scorpions will play six Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) round matches and 12 WT20 round matches, including the two curtain-raiser on 31 December and 12 January. The WNCL final will be played on Sunday 25 January and the WT20 final will follow on Wednesday 28 January and will be played as a double-header to the KFC T20 Big Bash League final at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

The SA Scorpions have built a list to envy, adding England international Sarah Taylor and New Zealand international Sophie Devine to their squad alongside Adelaide-born Australian representatives Megan Schutt and Bridget Patterson.

SA Scorpions coach Andrea McCauley believes women’s cricket is on the rise in South Australia and the new WNCL fixture will only help to continue this growth.

“We have nearly 17,000 participants in women’s cricket in South Australia, growing by a massive 31% in the last year,” said McCauley.

“The Adelaide Strikers sold-out every home match last season and to give the SA Scorpions the opportunity to play in front of large crowds at Adelaide Oval twice is a huge coup. Who knows if the next Megan Schutt is in the crowd, being inspired by these female role models playing on the big stage at Adelaide Oval.”

The competitions will follow a similar structure to previous seasons with a combination of 50-over and 20-over matches being played across each weekend round. Three WT20 matches will launch the women’s season on Friday 10 October with the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) beginning a day later on Saturday 11 October.

The women’s domestic schedule will complement a big summer of cricket for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, which  host the West Indies in a Series in November consisting of four One Day Internationals (ODIs) and four Women’s T20s (WT20 INTL). It is expected to be a hotly contested series as the two finalists from the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup meet in three matches offering points for qualification for the next 50-over World Cup as part of the ICC Women’s Championship.

ABC Grandstand, which has been a long-time supporter of women’s cricket will continue its coverage this summer with ball-by-ball commentary of the four WT20 INTL matches against Pakistan and the three double-header WT20 INTL matches against West Indies.

The release of the women’s domestic schedule coincides with PlayCricket Week, CA’s annual participation campaign which marks the start of the club registration period for the summer ahead. Participation figures released by CA earlier this week indicate a 39 per cent increase in female participation in cricket in 2013-14, bringing the total number for 2013-14 up to 247,000 players.

Cricket is now more popular than ever among females, who make up 22 per cent of total cricket participants.

People interested in playing cricket can go to to find out more about the sport and how they can get involved. PlayCricket Week is about inspiring all Australians to play the game, no matter who you are, where you’ve come from or whether you’ve ever picked up a bat or ball. For more information visit

Full WNCL fixtures can be found here.

Full WT20 fixtures can be found here.

SA Scorpions 2014/15 fixtures are now available here.

Schutt returns to Aussie line-up for Pakistan series

7 July 2014

South Australian Scorpion Megan Schutt has today been included in two 13-player squads for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ upcoming series of One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals against Pakistan next month.

Schutt will have four ODIs and four T20 International matches to re-cement her spot in the side after being left out of the squad that claimed victory at the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in April.

Commenting on the squads, Women’s National Selection Panel Chair Julie Savage said:

“The T20 squad has a similar composition to the group that brought home the ICC World Twenty20 title from Bangladesh earlier this year. South Australian pace bowler Megan Schutt comes into the line-up to replace the injured Holly Ferling.

“Megan has been a consistent performer at domestic level for South Australia but hasn’t been able to cement a spot in the starting XI for the Southern Stars so she will be itching for an opportunity and that pressure for positions is encouraging.”

Schutt led the way with the ball for the Scorpions last season, finishing the season as leading wicket-taker across the 50-over and T20 formats with 19 wickets.

To see the full schedule and more information about the series, please visit:

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars ODI squad:

Meg Lanning (captain) VIC

Alex Blackwell (vice-captain) NSW

Kristen Beams VIC

Nicole Bolton VIC

Jess Cameron VIC

Sarah Coyte NSW

Rene Farrell ACT

Alyssa Healy NSW

Julie Hunter VIC (subject to fitness)

Jess Jonassen QLD

Erin Osborne NSW

Ellyse Perry NSW

Megan Schutt SA


Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars T20 squad:

Meg Lanning (captain) VIC

Alex Blackwell (vice-captain) NSW

Jess Cameron VIC

Sarah Coyte NSW

Rene Farrell ACT

Alyssa Healy NSW

Julie Hunter VIC (subject to fitness)

Jess Jonassen QLD

Delissa Kimmince QLD

Erin Osborne NSW

Ellyse Perry NSW

Megan Schutt SA

Elyse Villani VIC


Scorpions secure Sarah Taylor and Sophie Devine for 2014/15 season

15 June 2014

06-140614 Sophie Devine in actionSophie Devine in action for the New Zealand White Ferns.

The SA Scorpions have completed two major signings with England International Sarah Taylor and New Zealand dual-international Sophie Devine joining the squad for the 2014/15 season.

A world-class wicket-keeper batsman, Taylor currently ranks inside the top three batsman for both Twenty20 and 50-over formats, according to the ICC Player Rankings.

Taylor, 25, has played six Test matches, 88 One Day Internationals and 64 Twenty20 matches and already has five centuries and 14 half-centuries next to her name.

Speaking about signing with the South Australia Scorpions, Taylor said: “I am absolutely delighted that I will get to play for the South Australian Scorpions this winter. I have such fond memories from playing in the Women’s Ashes Series in Australia at the start of the year, so I’m already really looking forward to getting back out there.”

“Australia are one of the best international women’s teams in the world and the standard of their state cricket competition is also very strong. This is therefore the perfect opportunity for me to challenge myself in a new environment, and I hope that I can have a positive impact in the WNCL and WT20 alongside my new Scorpion team-mates.”  

South Australian Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw is excited to welcome the Scorpions’ new recruits and believes the increasing number of international recruits is a sign of the continuing development of women’s cricket.

“I got to know Sarah during my time at the MCC and since then I have watched her career grow and blossom with interest to now be one of the most exciting women’s cricketers in the world,” Bradshaw said.

“She is a professional in all regards; what I admire about Sarah is not just her results in the score book but the way she goes about her cricket.”

New Zealand dual-international Sophie Devine will add further batting depth whilst providing another bowling option in an already-exciting Scorpions line-up.

“I am absolutely thrilled that both Sophie and Sarah are coming to South Australia to play with the Scorpions; their experience and character will be invaluable for our young team.”

“I’m sure that their presence for the Scorpions will generate a lot of interest and I’m sure will attract many people to watch their exciting style of play.”

Kensington’s Katelyn Pope also has been awarded her first Scorpions contract, the young left-arm medium pace bowler claiming match-winning figures of 4/30 in her side’s Women’s A Grade triumph last season.


Senior Scorpions list 2014/15

Samantha Betts - Port Adelaide

Sophie Devine – New Zealand

Lauren Ebsary - West Torrens

Jakarra Hill - Kensington

Tahlia McGrath - Southern District

Tegan McPharlin - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully

Bridget Patterson - Kangaroo Island/Kensington

Rhianna Peate - Sturt

Brittany Perry - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully

Hannah Perry - Northern Districts/Tea Tree Gully

Katelyn Pope - Kensington

Alex Price - Sturt

Megan Schutt (Cricket Australia contract) – Sturt

Sarah Taylor – England

Amanda Wellington - Port Adelaide

Coaching staff:

Andrea McCauley - Coach

Andrew Costello – Assistant Coach

Ainsley Fairhead – Strength and Conditioning Coach

Leisa Stringer - Physiotherapist

Schutt and Patterson feature in Australian squads 

South Australian Scorpions Megan Schutt and Bridget Patterson have today been named in the 2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and Shooting Stars contracted players lists, as chosen by the Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP).

Patterson has been named in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad for the first time, a development squad aimed to complement the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad and provide elite training and playing opportunities.

Her selection follows a successful tour of Sri Lanka with the Shooting Stars squad in February, playing two ODI and two T20 matches against Sri Lanka’s Women’s A team.

In just her second season with the Scorpions, Patterson’s hard-hitting ability and dynamic fielding has already impressed Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Head Coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Having recently made the move to Adelaide from Kangaroo Island, 20-year-old Patterson has been touted as a player to watch by Scorpions’ coach, Andrea McCauley.

“I think it’s really exciting; she has worked really hard and had a good experience when she went to Sri Lanka earlier this year,” said McCauley.

“Bridget was a consistent performer for the Scorpions last season and has formed a strong partnership opening the batting alongside Rhianna Peate. The pair got us off to some good starts and took the pressure of senior players Lauren Ebsary and Beth Morgan.

“Her move to Adelaide is going to benefit her game and allow her to access more coaching and increase her training; who knows how good she is going to be.”

Fast-bowler Schutt has retained her Southern Stars contract and will be looking to continue to enhance her game with County side Nottinghamshire in England during the winter.

“It’s great that she has retained her spot and playing in England during the winter will further mature her as a player; hopefully that sets her up for a really good summer,” said McCauley.

The upcoming international schedule includes home series against Pakistan and the West Indies, each of which will comprise One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 matches.

The contracts, which cover a 12-month period commencing 1 July 2014, will be offered to the following players:

CA Contract List for 2014-2015

Alex Blackwell NSW 30
Nicole Bolton WA 25
Jess Cameron VIC 24
Sarah Coyte NSW 23
Rene Farrell ACT 27
Holly Ferling QLD 18
Jodie Fields QLD 29
Alyssa Healy NSW 24
Julie Hunter VIC 30
Jess Jonassen QLD 21
Meg Lanning VIC 22
Erin Osborne NSW 24
Ellyse Perry NSW 23
Megan Schutt SA 21
Elyse Villani VIC 24

2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars Contract List

Jemma Barsby QLD 18
Samantha Bates ACT 21
Kristen Beams VIC 29
Nicola Carey NSW 20
Rhiannon Dick ACT 23
Katelyn Fryett TAS 21
Grace Harris QLD 20
Delissa Kimmince QLD 24
Beth Mooney QLD 20
Bridget Patterson SA 20
Chloe Piparo WA 19
Angela Reakes NSW 23
Molly Strano VIC 21
Kara Sutherland NSW 22