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.
New recruit, England's Sarah Taylor, will be one to watch for the Scorpions this season.
Click here for full WNCL and WT20 fixtures.