Women's Twenty20

Round 6: Tasmanian Roar v SA Scorpions

2-4 January 2014

The SA Scorpions travelled to Tasmania on New Year’s Day to take on the Cripps Tasmanian Roar with nothing but pride on the line as the prospect of playing finals narrowly evaded the young side in their first season under coach Andrea McCauley. 

In a typical captian’s knock, Lauren Ebsary was the catalyst for the Scorpions first win of the round thanks to an unbeaten 30 from 29 balls. Rhianna Peate (12), Bridget Patterson (9), Beth Morgan (3) and Tahlia McGrath (4) were all dismissed cheaply brining to the crease ‘keeper and last minute replacement for the injured Tegan McPharlin, Alicia Dean. Dean’s unbeaten 13 all but sealed the good work and win set up by Ebsary.

Losing the toss and being sent into bat by the Roar earlier in the day, the Scorpions struck early thanks to some Megan Schutt magic, the Australian fast bowler removing Linsey DaCosta (1) and Corinne Hall (0) to have the home side 2/9.

Things got worse for the Roar when Emma Thompson (2) was stumped by Alica Dean, Schutt bowled Carly Ryan (13) and Anita Silva (1) fell to the spin of Amanda Wellington while adding just three runs to the tally.

Late runs to Veronica Pyke (16*) and Brooke Hepburn (10*) helped the Roar post 8/75, a total that always looked doubtful.
 

Game two produced a similar fate for both sides. Requiring 121 runs to make it a three-from-three the Scorpions suffered an early setback losing opener Bridget Patterson for just three. Fellow opener Rhianna Peate (15) and captain Lauren Ebsary (66*) combined to see the total creep towards 50 before Peate was stumped by Emily Smith off the bowling of Linsey DaCoasta.

Struggling for form so far this season, Beth Morgan chipped in with a valuable 20 runs as a nail-bitting finish loomed. A half-century to Ebsary got her side across the line with nine balls to spare.

Batting first, the Roar posted a competitive 6/120 from their 20 overs, Carly Ryan the best with the bat with a run-a-ball 35 and Corinne Hall (23 from 18 balls).

Megan Schutt was at her fiery and economical best (0/8 from four overs) while Hannah Perry (2/26) and Jakarra Hill (2/31) claimed multiple wickets.

With the season complete, the Scorpions will take an enormous amount of positives from the season despite, narrowly missing finals in both formats.

Continuing the changing dynamic of the Scorpions squad, experienced campaigners Neisha Iles and Alicia Dean have announced their retirement from domestic cricket. Both girls have had a huge impact of cricket in South Australia and have paved the way for the next crop of young female cricketers.

Round 5: NSW Breakers v SA Scorpions

21-22 December 2013

Needing to pinch just one Twenty20 win off the Lend Lease NSW Breakers to keep their finals hopes alive, the SA Scorpions headed to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday with a win in the front of their minds.

The match was a double header with the BBL|03 clash between the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder to follow and gave the young Scorpions side a taste of the big stage.

Bowling first, the visitors were under the pump early thanks to big hitting from NSW duo Alyssa Healy (82) and Leah Poulton (37).

Spinners Alex Price and Amanda Wellington stemmed to the flow for the Scorpions, removing Poulton and Healy while speedster Megan Schutt removed the dangerous Alex Blackwell (24) and Rahael Haynes (7) to finish with 2/48 from her four overs.

Chasing a mammoth 174, the Scorpions lost both openers early before the inform Tegan McPharlin joined them back in the sheds with just five runs next to her name.

In a typical captain’s knock, Lauren Ebsary plundered 10 fours on her way to 63 off just 38 balls as she set out get her side back on track, ably assisted by English recruit Beth Morgan (27 from 21 balls).

When Morgan and Ebsary departed the Scorpions struggled, falling 20 runs short of the Breakers’ total.

The second T20 of the weekend saw a similar result with the Breakers winning the toss and batting first. It was captain Alex Blackwell that did the damage this time, finishing unbeaten on 54 from 45 balls.

Spinner Amanda Wellington shone with the ball, claiming 4/27 from her four overs, including the scalps of four Australian representatives, with Hannah Perry (1/30) and Sam Betts (1/12) also amongst the wickets.

Requiring 148 for victory, the Scorpions suffered an early setback, losing opener Bridget Patterson for three before fellow opener Rhianna Peate was run out for 10.

Tahlia McGrath did her best to keep the scoreboard ticking over with a run-a-ball 28, however it wasn’t enough as her team mates crumbled around her, the Scorpions completing their 20 overs 8/105, 42 runs shy of the target.

Full scores from the games can be found here: http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wncl-201314.

Round 4: SA Scorpions v the Tradies ACT Meteors

6 December 2013

A dominant performance from Lauren Ebsary was not enough as the SA Scorpions fell to a last-ball six-wicket loss to the Tradies ACT Meteors at Chisholm Oval today.

Chasing 145 for victory, the Meteors struggled early, slumping to 3/15 thanks to two wickets from Megan Schutt (2/22) and a Bridget Patterson run-out.

The bats of Rhiannon Dick (71*) and Rene Farrell (40) broke the hearts of the visitors, combining for a 114-run partnership to break the shackles.

Requiring 40 runs from the last five overs, the Meteors left it to the last ball to reach the total, claiming the first of the three-game weekend between the two sides.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the Scorpions lost opener Bridget Patterson (6), bringing Ebsary to the crease.

Showing signs of her dominant best, Ebsary smashed seven fours on her way to an unbeaten 85 from just 65 balls, her third half-century for the Scorpions this season.

English recruit Beth Morgan (20) provided good support, her partnership with Ebsary producing 73 runs.

The Scorpions attention now turns to tomorrow when the two sides meet again in a WNCL 50 over clash at Chisolm Oval from 10am (AEDT).

Full scorecards can be found via http://www.cricket.com.au/.

Round 3: SA Scorpions v Konica Minolta Queensland Fire

Friday 15 November - Sunday 17 November, 2013

The South Australian Scorpions have recorded their second win in as many days, accounting for the Queensland Fire by six on Sunday.

The stage was set for a big win when speedster Megan Schutt claimed two wickets in her first over, leaving the Fire 2/5 and in trouble.

Captain Lauren Ebsary introduced Neisha Iles (3/9) and Amanda Wellington (3/17) into the game and they repaid the faith, taking three wickets a-piece. Jakarra Hill (1/0) ended the Fire's innings on 67 when she removed Courtney Hill.

Early wickets from the visitors nearly turned the tables; however it was again Ebsary who got her team across the line, finishing unbeaten on 41 from 35 balls.

The win moves the Scorpions to equal fifth on the WT20 ladder and in striking distance with three rounds remaining.

Earlier in the weekend, the Scorpions narrowly missed out on claiming the points as Queensland chased down the home side's first innings total of 136 with three balls to spare.

A maiden half-century to Bridget Patterson (54) along with starts to Lauren Ebsary (24), Tegan McPharlin (16), Rhianna Peate (14) and Beth Morgan (13) helped the Scorpions post a very competitive total that was bound to produce a tight run chase.

The Fire produced a quick start, posting 58 before Beth Mooney was dismissed by Amanda Wellington.  Delissa Kimmince (40) and Jess Jonassen (30) did enough to get their side over the line and claim the first blow of the weekend.  Wellington (1/26) Jakarra Hill (1/25) and Neisha Iles (1/9) shared the wickets.

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

Friday 8 November - Sunday 11 November, 2013

The Scorpions and the Fury shared the honours in their two T20 clashes, the home side reversing Friday’s loss with a nail-biting three wicket win on Sunday.

Batting first, the Fury’s total of just 99 was not enough, the home side chasing down the runs with two balls to spare thanks to a gutsy 43 from 38 balls from middle-order bat Tegan McPharlin.

Former Australian representative, Alex Blackwell top scored with a patient 30, as consistent wickets proved costly for the visitors.

Scorpions bowlers Hannah Perry, Megan Schutt, Jakarra Hill, Tahlia McGrath and Alex Price took a wicket a-piece, while some excellent in the field saw Ebsary run out New Zealand international Suzie Bates.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wt20-201314.

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

Round 1: SA Scorpions v Commonwealth Bank Vic Spirit 

Friday 18 October - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Another inspired innings from Elyse Villani led the Commonwealth Bank Vic Spirit to a clean-sweep of matches with a nine-wicket win over the SA Scorpions on Sunday.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Scorpions suffered an early set-back, losing Bridget Patterson (2) in the second over.

Scorpions vice-captain, Rhianna Peate and captain, Lauren Ebsary, then set to work, putting on 37 runs before Peate fell for 15, bringing Beth Morgan to the crease.

In what was the highest individual score for the Scorpions across the weekend, Morgan let her bat do the talking, compiling an unbeaten 49 from just 40 balls to help take the home side’s total past 100. A valuable 18 runs from Tahlia McGrath saw the Scorpions reach a very competitive 5/119 from their allotted 20 overs.

In response, the Victorians were never trouble, with openers Villani (59) and Meg Lanning (46*) posting 106 for the loss of the first wicket.  Australian fast bowler, Megan Schutt did her best to restrict the Spirit’s scoring (0/12) while Ebsary was the Scorpions lone wicket-taker.

The win wrapped up a dominant weekend from the Spirit, having outclassed the Scorpions by 82 runs in the first of two T20s on Friday.

An unbeaten 76 from Villani and 65 from Lanning set the tone for the weekend as the Spirit set the Scorpions 160 for victory.

Morgan (17), McGrath (19) and Peate (11) were the only Scorpions to reach double figures, the steady flow of wickets proved too damaging for the home side as they we dismissed for 78.

Full scorecards of the matches can be found at http://www.cricket.com.au/series/wt20-201314.

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

Women's Twenty20

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.

 Click here for full WNCL and WT20 fixtures.