South Australian Scorpions (190) bt Vic Spirit (188-8)
In a match reduced to 33 overs by rain, Bridget Patterson led the way for the Scorpions, hitting 71 off 86 balls. With some strong strike-rates lower down the order, including 38 off 31 from Sarah Coyte, the Scorps posted a challenging total of 190 – Sarah Eliot the pick of the bowlers with 3-26.
In reply, Vic Spirit came close, but not close enough. At 153-3, with Meg Lanning and Danni Wyatt at the crease, they looked to be cruising, but Lauren Ebsary and Sam Betts combined to remove both of them c. Ebsary b. Betts; and the clatter of wickets which followed saw the Spirit fall just 3 short.
The win puts South Australia firmly on top of the WNCL table – level on points with Vic Spirit, but with a superior Net Run Rate and a game in hand – in a very strong position to qualify for November’s final for the second year running.
ACT Meteors (166-8) bt Western Australia Fury (161)
Batting first, the Fury were bowled out for 161 – Nicole Bolton top-scoring with 44, as Sam Bates picked up 3-25.
The Meteor’s reply was steady if unspectacular – Kate Mack hitting 38 as they crossed the line with 7 overs to spare, for the loss of 8 wickets.
The result leaves the Fury at the foot of the table, still winless after 3 games. While mathematically they could still make the final, realistically their WNCL season looks pretty-much over now. Meanwhile ACT sit mid-table with 2 wins from 4.