WNCL Final - Breezair SA 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.

Semi-final - 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. 

Round 7 - McPharlin leads Scorpions to upset win

11 Januray, 2015

The Breezair SA Scorpions have upset reigning 50-over champions the New South Wales Breakers by four wickets in their Women’s National Cricket League match at Adelaide Oval No.2 today.

Chasing 237 to secure victory and third spot on the ladder, the Scorpions made a solid start to their innings with openers Bridget Patterson (29) and Tegan McPharlin (65) putting on  63 runs.

When Patterson fell to Angela Reakes (2/35), McPharlin was joined by Sarah Taylor (44), the pair scoring freely and easing closer to the target.

A great comeback from the Breakers caused a mini batting collapse, however with 17 runs required from the last four overs, Scorpions’ captain Lauren Ebsary kept her composure, bringing up the winning runs and her fifty with a boundary.

Earlier in the day, a magnificent in-swinging delivery from opening bowler Megan Schutt (3/30) claimed the key wicket of Breakers’ opener Alyssa Healy (0).

Healy’s departure did little to upset the visitors as fellow opener Leah Poulton (34) and captain Alex Blackwell (40), combined for a 68-run partnership.

Some Schutt brilliance on the boundary helped to remove Poulton, her running catch of an Alex Price delivery swinging the momentum in the Scorpions’ favour.

When Amanda Wellington struck twice to remove Blackwell and Erin Osborne (5), the home side looked to be in control, however some determined batting from Sarah Coyte (39) and Ellyse Perry (19) took the score past 150.

Late hitting to Nicola Carey (16) and Sarah Aley (36) added valuable runs as the Breakers were bowled out for 236 with seven balls to go.

Round 6 - Wellington spins Scorpions to victory

1 January, 2015

Breezair SA Scorpion Amanda Wellington has produced an outstanding display of leg-spin bowling to secure her side a three-wicket victory over the Cripps Tasmanian Roar at Adelaide oval today.

Restricting the visitors to 144, the Scorpions made a steady start to the innings before a mini-collapse saw the top four batters dismissed having scored with 18 runs between them.

Opening bowlers Katelyn Fryett (2/28) and Veronica Pyke (2/30) made the going tough for the Scorpions, however Tahlia McGrath (32) and Amanda Wellington (25*) withstood the challenge. The pair, with good support from Rhianna Peate (19), Brittany Perry (15) and Megan Schutt (12*), seeing their side home with fours overs to go.

Ealrier in the day it was well and truly the Amanda Wellington show. Wellington carved her way through the Tasmanian batting line-up, claiming figures of 6/25, and keeping the Roar’s scoring to a minimum.

Fellow spinner Alex Price was also impressive with 2/23 as was England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor.

Taylor was pivotal in removing the Roar’s opening batter and fellow England teammate Heather Knight (12); her quick reflexes behind the stumps resulting in a classy leg-side stumping. She then continued her good form with the gloves, completing four stumpings and taking one catch for the innings.

The win keeps the Scorpions in fourth position on the Women’s National Cricket League 50-over ladder with one round remaining. Both sides will play the final match of the round tomorrow at 10am at Adelaide Oval No 2. 

Round 5 - Scorpions continue Fury domination 

21 December, 2014

The Breezair SA Scorpions have secured their second comprehensive win over the Alcohol. Think Again Fury in as many days, with a 92-run win in their Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) clash in Perth today.

Chasing 200 for victory, the home side made a poor start when Scorpions’ spinner Amanda Wellington (1/25) bowled Fury and England captain, Charlotte Edwards for just five.

The Fury batters tried to provide some resistance, but the introduction of Hannah Perry (4/24) destroyed the middle order, with Emma King (30) the only batter to get a start.

Wickets to Alex Price (2/21), Sophie Devine (1/21) and Megan Schutt (1/13) finished off the tail, the Fury all out for 107.

Earlier in the day, Edwards won the toss and sent the Scorpions in to bat; the moved looked to have paid off when the visitors found themselves 2/13 in the sixth over.

When Bridget Patterson (0) and Sarah Taylor (4) came and went, it was over to Lauren Ebsary (35) and Tegan McPharlin (69) to steady the ship.

The pair combined for a 63-run partnership before Ebsary was trapped in front off the bowling of Emma King.

McPharlin continued on, showing plenty of patience as she compiled her highest score at domestic level, her 69 from 128 balls, including three fours, the key to the Scorpions’ innings.

Late contributions from Tahlia McGrath (18) and Sophie Devine (24) helped the Scorpions post a competitive 200 from their 50 overs.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5037/15/overview.

Round 4 - Scorpions struggle as Queensland fire

13 December, 2014

The Breezair SA Scorpions have suffered a seven-wicket loss to the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire in their Women’s National Cricket League clash at Allan Border Field today.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Scorpions batters struggled to get going, losing wickets at a steady rate and only managing to post a below-par 99.

Captain Lauren Ebsary top scored with 19; however she, along with her fellow top-order bats, failed to capitalise on starts.

Fire fast bowler Holly Ferling (3/28) and spinner, Jessica Jonassen (4/19) were standouts with the ball, making scoring a tough task for the South Australians.

Requiring just 100 for victory, the Fire made light work of the chase, opener Grace Harris compiling an unbeaten 43, including two fours and two sixes, to see her side home with 30 overs to spare.

The Scorpions will meet the Fire in two Twenty20 matches tomorrow after yesterday’s match was abandoned due to rain.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5037/11/overview.

Round 3 - Ebsary fires as Scorpions beat Meteors

29 November, 2014

A brilliant knock of 94 from captain Lauren Ebsary, has helped steer the SA Scorpions to a 40-run win over the Tradies ACT Meteors at Adelaide Oval No 2 today.

Coming to the crease with her side 2/44, Ebsary hammered 13 fours and one six on her way to a match winning half-century. Late hitting from Hannah Perry (18) helped the Scorpions set ACT 8/231 for victory.

The visitors made a steady start to the chase, putting on 44 before Sarah Hungerford fell for 18 off the bowling of Amanda Wellington.

Katie Mack (26) and Kris Britt (26) both made starts but it was a run out to Katelyn Pope that turned the game in the Scorpions’ favour. 

Spinners Hannah Perry (2/30) and Alex Price (2/48) then closed out the game for the home side, the Meteors falling 40 runs short of victory.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5037/8.

Round 1 - Taylor shines as Scorpions fall to Spirit

11 October, 2014

A maiden half-century to English recruit Sarah Taylor wasn’t enough as the SA Scorpions suffered a 148-run loss in their Women’s National Cricket League clash with the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit at Junction Oval today.

Set 300 for victory, the Scorpions lost openers Rhianna Peate (1) and Bridget Patterson (11) early, bringing Lauren Ebsary and Taylor to the crease. The pair looked to be set for a big day until a loose shot from Ebsary brought about the skippers undoing.

When Taylor fell to Brianna Binch (2/25) the Scorpions were in trouble; Binch and Kristen Beams (2/29) cleaning up the tail.

Earlier in the day it was the Nicole Bolton show, the former Western Australian finishing unbeaten on 112 in an innings that included 11 fours. Meg Lanning (66) and Jess Cameron (67) also managing half-centuries as the home side posted 3/299 from their 50 overs.

Samantha Betts (2/38) was best with the ball for the Scorpions while Megan Schutt (0/33) and New Zealander, Sophie Devine (0/41) were again economical.

Full scorecard: http://bit.ly/113krAq

Women's National Cricket League

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.




New recruit, England's Sarah Taylor, will be one to watch for the Scorpions this season.

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