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Coyte joins Scorpions for 2015/16

Friday 17 July, 2015

The Breezair SA Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers have completed a major coup, signing former NSW all-rounder Sarah Coyte for the 2015/16 season.

Sarah Coyte 200x200

Currently based in the UK for the 2015 Women’s Ashes series against England, Coyte, 24, has spent the last five seasons with the NSW Breakers, claiming as many titles in that time, and will be looking to lead the way with both bat and ball for the Scorpions having been starved of opportunity in the Harbour city.

“I think it’s going to be a real asset to our top six to have someone of her calibre and for her, to get more opportunities with the bat can only help her career blossom,” said Breezair SA Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers Coach, Andrea McCauley.

“She’s a real competitor and a really classy all-rounder.”

Coyte made her Women’s National Cricket League debut on November 7 2009, against Queensland and has since gone on to play 43 50-over and 59 T20 matches for her state. She averages 24.36 with the bat in the one-day game and has claimed 44 wickets, including best figures of 4/25.

Just over 12 months after making her domestic debut, Coyte made her first national appearance as part of the Australian T20 side. Her ODI debut came not long after, against England in Perth while she first pulled on the whites in the Test arena in January 2011 on home soil against England.

Sarah Coyte 200x200Sarah Coyte has plenty of expereince at national and domestic level.
At domestic level her T20 form is sound, averaging 20.5 with the bat including a high score of 69, while with the ball she has 54 wickets to her name. Coyte will also bring 37 matches worth of international experience to the Strikers, including Australia’s 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 victory over England; a match in which she claimed match-winning figures of 3/16.

For Coyte, the decision to play for the Strikers and Scorpions was a straightforward one.

“This sort of group just stood out to me, the way they gel together on and off the field,” said Coyte.

“If you ask me any oval in the world to play cricket on, I would chose Adelaide Oval; it’s my favourite ground in the world.”

Coyte, the younger sister of NSW and Sydney Thunder bowler Scott Coyte and twin of former Thunder batsman Adam Coyte, joins fellow Australian player Megan Schutt on the Adelaide Strikers WBBL list for 2015-16. 

2015-16 Fixtures announced as Scorpions look to go one better

Thursday 9 July, 2015

The 2015-16 Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) fixture has been announced today, with the Breezair SA Scorpions’ summer to be broken into three weekends of 50-over cricket including two home fixtures from 21-22 November.

The Scorpions will be looking to go one step further in this season’s WNCL competition after making last year’s final against NSW – the team’s first since 2008.

South Australia will host four WNCL matches on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, including two Scorpions' matches.


Adelaide Oval’s iconic Australia Day fixture will return this summer as Australia take on India in a T20 International blockbuster on 26 January, 2016.

The day will feature a double-header as the Southern Stars take on India in the opening match of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series.

“I have always believed that Australia Day should be here at Adelaide Oval; it’s part of our DNA and part of our tradition here in South Australia,” said SACA Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw.

“We encourage all fans and members to come to Adelaide Oval early and watch the Southern Stars begin what will be a fantastic celebration of cricket on Australia Day.”

The Women’s Big Bash League will replace the existing T20 competition, with fixtures expected to be announced later this week.

Click here for the full Women’s National Cricket League Fixture. 

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.