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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

Date

Format

Venue

Points for a win

Points for a draw

July 21

ODI*

The County Ground, Taunton

2 points

1 point

July 23   

ODI*

Bristol County Ground

2 points

1 point

July 26

ODI*

New Road, Worcester

2 points  

1 point

August

11 – 14

Test 

The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury

4 points 

2 points   

August 26

WT20 INTL#

The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

2 points 

N/A

August 28

WT20 INTL#

The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove

2 points  

N/A

August 31

WT20 INTL+#

SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

2 points

N/A

*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 playcricket.com.au 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 playcricket.com.au

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: http://www.cricket.com.au/series/womens-international-series-v-pakistan.

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