Women's Twenty20

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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