Women's Twenty20

Round 7 - Scorpions pipped in rain affected match

12 January, 2015

The Breezair SA Scorpions have suffered a nine-wicket loss to the Lend Lease NSW Breakers in a rain-affect match at Adelaide Oval today.

Rain caused havoc throughout the match, reducing the game to a six-over affair and significantly altering the Scorpion’s initial total of 104 from 16 overs, to a required target of 46.

Megan Schutt (1/7) got the Scorpions off to a great start, conceding just two runs from her first over before claiming the wicket of Alyssa Healy (8) two overs later.

Expensive overs from Amanda Wellington (0/10) and Katelyn Pope (0/20) gave the visitors the advantage as Leah Poulton (33 off 16 balls) dispatched any loose deliveries that came her way.

The Breakers provided numerous opportunities in the penultimate over, however the Scorpions failed to capitalise as Poulton brought up the win with her sixth boundary of the game.

Earlier in the day it was Breakers’ captain, Alex Blackwell who won the toss and elected to send the Scorpions into bat. 

The Scorpions suffered a setback early when Bridget Patterson (9) was run out by Blackwell looking for a quick single.

Fellow opener Sarah Taylor continued her good form from yesterday’s match, top scoring with a run-a-ball 40 that included six fours.

Contributions from Lauren Ebsary (16), Tegan McPharlin (13) and Rhianna Peate (17) took the total to 104 from the home side’s 16 overs.

Round 6 - Knight shines in Roar victory

2 January, 2015

A dominant batting display from Heather Knight has led the Cripps Tasmaian Roar to a six wicket win over the Breezair SA Scorpions at Adelaide Oval No 2 today.

Chasing 131 for their first victory of the round, the Roar got off to a great start with Knight (72) and Erin Burns (38) putting on 80 runs.

After an expensive first over, Alex Price was reintroduced into the attack, claiming the wicket of Burns who edged it to the ‘keep Sarah Taylor.

Another two wickets to Amanda Wellington (2/35) stemmed the flow of runs and set the Roar 14 runs from 12 balls, however Knight and Pyke were up to the task, passing the Scorpions total with three balls to spare.

Having won the toss and batted first, the Scorpions made a steady start to their innings before Taylor fell for 6.

Bridget Patterson then took to the Roar attack, hitting five fours and one six on her way to 35 from 24 balls.

When Patterson fell to the spin of Burns (1/23), Scorpions captain Lauren Ebsary came to the crease.

Ebsary was equally impressive, hitting 35 runs from 38 balls to help her side to a very respectable 7/131 from 20 overs. 

Round 6 - Scorpions rally to down Roar

31 December, 2014

A brilliant bowling effort from the Breezair SA Scorpions has resulted in a 24-run win over the Cripps Tasmanian Roar at Adelaide Oval today.

Having set the Roar 107 to win, the Scorpions’ bowlers showed plenty of discipline early with Megan Schutt making scoring almost impossible, claiming an impressive 1/9 from her fours overs.

Spinner Amanda Wellington (2/18) was equally impressive, her two wickets helping restrict the Roar to just 3/19 in the sixth over.

Sasha Moloney fought hard for the visitors with 23 runs; however it wasn’t enough as the Scorpions’ bowlers continued to pile on the pressure, taking wickets at regular intervals and resctriing the Roar to 8/83 from their 20 overs.

Having won the toss and elected to bat earlier in the day, the Scorpions made a steady start before Sarah Taylor was caught behind on 13. Her wicket brought Lauren Ebsary to the crease, the skipper getting off the mark with a boundary first ball.

When fellow opener Bridget Patterson (12) fell trying to clear the fence, followed by the run out of Ebsary, the Scorpions looked to be in strife.

It was Rhianna Peate (15) and Brittany Perry (21) however, who kept the scoreboard ticking over, taking the score past 100 and giving their side a defendable total.

The Scorpions return to Adelaide Oval tomorrow to take on the Roar in a 50-over Women’s National Cricket League encounter from 10am, with a win keeping them in finals contention. 

Round 5 - Scorpions complete clean sweep in Perth

23 December, 2014

The Breezair SA Scorpions have completed a clean sweep of matches against the Alcohol. Think Again Western Fury with a 32-run win in their Women’s T20 clash at the WACA ground in Perth last night.

Having registered two big wins in the weekend’s two previous matches, the Scorpions continued their good form with the bat, setting the Fury a competitive 137 for victory.

England opener and Fury captain, Charlotte Edwards led the chase with her first half-century of the weekend (52 from 59 balls).

It was the usual suspects for the Scorpions who removed the Fury’s middle order, Sophie Devine (1/6), Amanda Wellington (1/23) and Hannah Perry (1/18) forcing Edwards to do the bulk of the scoring.

Nicky Shaw (12*) did her best to get hide side back on track, but when Edwards was run out by Lauren Ebsary the Fury were in trouble, posting 6/100 from their overs and handing the Scorpions the win.

Earlier in the night, Sarah Taylor got the Scorpions off to a brilliant start, hammering six fours on her way to a blistering 40 from 23 balls.

Fellow opener Bridget Patterson (19) also looked good, and alongside side skipper Lauren Ebsary (22) the pair set out to build a large total.

Quick wickets to the Fury’s Emma King (1/20), Piepa Cleary (2/13) and Gemma Triscari (2/20), saw the visitors stumble, but when Devine came to the crease, that all changed.

Devine posted 37 runs from 22 balls, including one four and two sixes, pushing the Scorpions total to 6/136 and showing a glimpse of the form that has recently been on display for the Wellington Blaze.   

The win takes the Scorpions to fourth on the WT20 ladder, with the next round of 50 over and T20 matches against the Cripps Tasmania Roar starting on New Year’s Eve at Adelaide Oval.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5036/30

Round 5 - Devine steers Scorpions to big win over Fury

20 December, 2014

A scintillating spell of fast bowling from Sophie Devine has spearheaded the Breezair SA Scorpions to an eight-wicket win over the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury in Perth today.

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Chasing just 58 thanks largely to New Zealand international Devine, the Scorpions made a bumpy start, losing Sarah Taylor (6) and Bridget Patterson (9).

It was the captain Lauren Ebsary (30*) however, who steadied the ship and alongside Tegan McPharlin (13*), saw her side home with five overs to spare.

Losing the toss and sent in to field, Devine’s return to the Scorpions line-up had an instant impact, the speedster clean bowling Fury captain Charlotte Edwards for 4.

The bowling partnerships of Devine (3/10) and Amanda Wellington (2/16) did all the damage, the pair removing the top order to have the home side reeling at 5/18.

Emma King (15) fought hard with the bat but it wasn’t enough, the Fury toppled for just 58.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5036/27/overview

Round 4 - Scorpions outplayed by Fire

14 December, 2014

The Breezair SA Scorpions have suffered two Twenty20 losses at the hands of the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire at Allan Border Field today.

With Friday’s postponed T20 fixture added to today’s schedule, the Scorpions started off the first match of the day with a disappointing seven-wicket loss after their star-studded batting line-up failed to fire.

Chasing just 69 runs set by the Scorpions, the Fire made light work of the total with Grace Harris (19) and Jessica Jonassen (20) steering their side to victory with 57 balls to spare.

In the second match of the day, the Fire posted 9/120 from their 20 overs; Megan Schutt best with the ball, claiming 3/25 from her four overs.

In reply, Bridget Patterson found herself alongside a new batting partner with Amanda Wellington taking up the role for the first time this season.

The experiment paid off, the pair adding 31 to the total before Wellington fell for 19. Patterson looked to be at her hard-hitting best, her 36 runs a weekend high from the Scorpions’ batters.

Sarah Taylor managed 22, but when her and Lauren Ebsary (11) fell the scoring became difficult; the Scorpions falling 12 runs short of victory in a much improved performance.

The Scorpions next face the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury in Perth starting on Saturday. The round will once again include a WNCL 50 over and two T20 matches, one of which will be a double header player following the KFC T20 Big Bash League fixture between the Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers at the WACA on Monday, 22 December.

Full scorecards from both matches available here

Round 3 - Taylor half-century powers Scorpions' clean sweep

30 November, 2014

A superb half-century from England’s Sarah Taylor has fired the SA Scorpions to their third win from as many matches, against the Tradies ACT Meteors today.

Set 126 for the win, the Scorpions’ opening due of Taylor and Bridget Patterson combined for a 46-run partnership before the latter fell to Lynsey Askew for 11.

Taylor carried on unfazed, hammering 12 fours on her way to an unbeaten 81 from 51 balls. Tegan McPharlin was also impressive with 23 from 17 balls, her and Taylor securing the eight-wicket win in the 17th over.

Earlier in the day, ACT skipper Kris Britt won the toss and elected to bat; her side getting off to a solid start before Sara Hungerford fell for 13.

Tahlia McGrath had another good day with the ball, claiming 2/13 from her four overs, while spinners Amanda Wellington (1/19), Hannah Perry (1/28) and Alex Price (1/22) were also amongst the wickets.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5036/18

Round 3 - Spin secures Scorpions’ victory

28 November, 2014

The SA Scorpions have secured their first points of the season with a 26-run win over the Tradies ACT Meteors at Adelaide Oval No 2 today.

Both sides observed a minute’s silence surrounding the number 408, the number on the baggy green cap worn by the late Phillip Hughes, before taking to the field donning black arm bands.

Sarah Taylor (36) and Bridget Patterson (27) got the Scorpions off to a great start, putting on 49 for the first wicket.

Captain Lauren Ebsary (28) and Rhianna Peate (23) provided Taylor with good support; the home side posting 5/130 from their 20 overs.

Opening the bowling with spin proved to be a masterstroke for Ebsary, Amanda Wellington (3/21) claiming three early wickets before running out Rene Farrell for 0.

Alex Price (2/24) and Hannah Perry (1/17) were equally impressive, the pair doing the damage in the middle order.

Rhiannon Dick (30) and Kira Churchland (28) toiled hard but it wasn’t enough as the pace bowlers Samantha Betts (1/16) and Tahlia McGrath (1/7) finished off the tail.

Full scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/5036/13

Round 1 - Spirit gets the better of Scorpions in game three

12 October, 2014

It was a disappointing day for the SA Scorpions today, going down to the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit by nine wickets in the final Twenty20 match of the weekend.

The Spirit were in control from start to finish, restricting the Scorpions to just 84 before chasing down the total with 11 overs to spare.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Scorpions were under the pump early having lost Bridget Patterson (5) and Sarah Taylor (1), the latter promoted to opener for the first time this season.

Wicket-keeper Tegan McPharlin looked to have the visitors back on track until she fell for 17 while youngster Brittany Perry top scored with 18. Molly Strano was the destroyer with the ball, claiming 4/15.

With a low target to defend, the Scorpions were unable to restrict the Spirit openers’ scoring as captain Meg Lanning (41*), Elyse Villani (23) and Jess Cameron (19*) make light work of the chase. Scorpions spinner Amanda Wellington (1/14) was the sole wicket-taker for the visitors.

Full scorecard: http://bit.ly/1znCFc4

Round 1 - Scorpions outplayed in game one

10 October, 2014

The SA Scorpions have lost their opening match of the 2014/15 season, defeated by the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit in their Women’s Twenty20 clash at Junction Oval today.

Requiring 115 for the victory, the VicSpirit took to the Scorpions’ bowling attack, failing to lose a wicket as they chased down the runs with 10 wickets to spare.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Scorpions made a steady start thanks largely to international recruit Sarah Taylor (38). Taylor combined with Tegan McPharlin (30), adding 54 runs to the total before both players were dismissed by Emily McIntyre (2/14).

The continuous loss of wickets through the middle order proved to be the Scorpions’ undoing; the last four wickets adding just 14 runs.

The two sides meet again tomorrow when they play their first Women’s National Cricket League (50 over) match of the season.

Full scorecard: http://bit.ly/1xmpfis

Women's Twenty20 (WT20)

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.

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

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