Round 6: Tasmanian Roar v SA Scorpions

Friday 3 January, 2014

With both the Roar and Scorpions unable to make the finals of the Women’s National Cricket League competition, pride was a big incentive for the winner.

In a significant improvement from Thursday’s T20 total, the Roar set 197 as the target, setting up what would be an incredible entertaining and dramatic finish.

Scorpion’s opener Rhianna Peate fell to Veronica Pyke for one and was followed a while after by partner Bridget Patterson (19). Lauren Ebsary (20), Tahlia McGrath (33) and Amanda Wellington (11) all got starts, however their exits left Beth Morgan the key to any chances of a win.

Morgan was brilliant, compiling 68 runs from 84 runs, including fives fours and two sixes, anchoring the Scorpions’ innings.

The loss of four wickets in a short period of time left the game in the balance and Hannah Perry to dig deep and protect her wicket alongside Morgan. The pair succeeded, Perry contributing 16 runs as the visitors stole victory by one wicket.

Earlier in the day Lauren Hepburn (58) and Emily Thompson (54) dragged the Roar out of trouble, the home side moving from 2/14 to 3/115 when Thompson was dismissed by Alex Price (1/19).

Steph Morrison (2/23) and Samantha Betts (2/28) did their best to restrict the runs as did Price who put on a spin-bowling show.

The improved performance from the Roar as well as the gutsy chase from the Scorpions highlights the emerging talent on show in Australian cricket and will give both team’s plenty to look forward to for the 2014/15 season.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Round 5: NSW Breakers v SA Scorpions

Friday 20 December, 2013

In match one of the weekend, the SA Scorpions set out to upset the NSW Breakers at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

Lauren Ebsary won the toss; her decision to bat first appeared to pay off until both Scorpions’ openers were dismissed with just 32 runs on the board.

Ebsary combined with McPharlin to put on 54 runs, helping the total creep toward the 100-mark.

It was the steady flow of wickets that did the damage for the Scorpions, losing their last five wickets for 34 runs.

The total never looked to be enough, the Breakers losing two wickets in their chase, as Alyssa Healy (68) and Leah Poulton (42) did the bulk of the damage.

Hannah Perry (1/24) and Neisha Iles (1/23) were best with the ball for the Scorpions.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Round 3: ACT Meteors v SA Scorpions

7 December 2013

The South Australian Scorpions fell 22 runs short of victory against the Tradies ACT Meteors in their Women's National Cricket League match at Chisholm Oval today.

Requiring 218 for the win, the visitors lost opener Bridget Patterson (1) cheaply before Rhianna Peate (48) and Lauren Ebsary (50) combined for a 74-run partnership.

Rene Farrell (3/28) made the going tough for the Scorpions, while Rhiannon Dick removed the dangerous Ebsary and Beth Morgan (0).

Tahlia McGrath did her best to get her team across the line, adding 17 to the score before falling victim to Susie Bates. The wickets continued to fall as the Scorpions ran out of batters just 22 runs short of the required total.

Earlier in the day, the Scorpions were sent in to field first, making the most of the new ball to restrict the Meteors to 3/6 in the sixth over.

The Meteors’ Katie Mack (77) and Rhiannon Dick (62) broke the game apart for the home side, compiling a partnership of 131 to wrestle back the momentum.

Megan Schutt was best with the ball, claiming 2/31 from her 10 overs, alongside Samantha Betts (1/27) and Neisha Iles (1/34).

The two sides meet for the final time this weekend when they take to the field in a T20 tomorrow.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Round 3: SA Scorpions v the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire

Saturday 16 November, 2013

The South Australian Scorpions have celebrated Lauren Ebsary's 100th Women's National Cricket League match in style with a 37-run win over the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire at Cambelltown Oval today.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Ebsary's charges put on 23 for the first wicket before Bridget Patterson (9) was dismissed by Courtney Hill. Fellow opener Rhianna Peate (34) took control for the home side, hitting six boundaries as she steadied the ship.

The loss of Peate brought Ebsary to the crease, who combined with Tahlia McGrath to put on a 62-run partnership. Ebsary's 65, her second half-century in as many weeks, pushed the Scorpions total past 200.

Chasing 206 for victory, the Fire were in trouble early, losing Beth Mooney for 8. The visitors recovered and looked to be in control, however quick wickets worked against them, Megan Schutt (3/37) and Jakarra Hill (3/23) doing the bulk of the damage.

Late hitting from Grace Harris (29) was to no avail as the Scorpions bowled out the Fire, recording their second 50-over win for the season, rocketing them into third spot on the WNCL table.

Round 2: SA Scorpions v the Alcohol. Think Again Western Fury

Saturday 10 November, 2013

South Australian Scorpions have recorded their first points of the 2013/14 season in a dominant 112-run victory over the Alcohol. Think Again Western Fury on Saturday.

Spinner Hannah Perry continued her impressive start in Scorpions’ colours, claiming 4/22 from her ten overs to power the home side to a result that included a double-bonus point.  

The Fury were in trouble from the onset as they set out to chase the Scorpions 220-run total, losing Jenny Wallace (3), who on Friday helped the visitors sneak over the line on Friday in the two sides’ WT20 encounter.

Australian speedster Megan Schutt (1/22) was again at her best, steaming in and combing with Perry to remove the Fury’s top-order, while Alex Price (2/33) and Samantha Betts (1/17) were also amongst the wickets.  

Earlier in the day, Bridget Patterson (27) and Rhianna Peate (23) put on 47 before Patterson was caught short of her ground, stumped by some good work from the Fury’s ‘keeper.

Beth Morgan (17), Tegan McPharlin (15) and Tahlia McGrath (25) all managed starts, however it was Ebsary (67 from 59 balls) who’s half-century, including two sixes and seven four’s, did the bulk of the damage.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Full fixtures can be found here: http://www.cricketsa.com.au/content.aspx?p=1317.

Round 1: SA Scorpions v Commonwealth Bank Vic Spirit

Saturday 19 October, 2013

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 on Saturday.

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.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Full fixtures can be found here: http://www.cricketsa.com.au/content.aspx?p=1317.

Women's National Cricket League

The women’s 2013-14 domestic competitions will complement the Commonwealth Bank women’s Ashes series early next year, with three WT20 matches launching the women’s season on 11 October. The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) will begin a day later on 12 October.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “The announcement of fixtures for our women’s domestic competitions and Toyota Futures League is the final piece in a big summer of cricket across the country.

“Our women’s domestic teams will each play six WNCL round matches plus a bye round and 12 WT20 round matches over the summer, with the home-and-away matches finishing a week out from the start of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ Ashes campaign.

“The domestic fixture will provide invaluable preparation for the women’s Ashes, which will be competed across the three formats. The women’s domestic final matches have been scheduled following the completion of the Commonwealth Bank women’s Ashes series to allow the finalists to field their strongest teams.

The WT20 final will be played as a double-header to the KFC T20 BBL final on Friday, 7 February. The WNCL final will follow on 16 February.

WT20: 11 October – 7 February

WNCL: 12 October – 16 February


09-200913 Ebsary and Schutt shake hands



Lauren Ebsary and Megan Schutt will be looking to build on their impressive performances last season.

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