Entering the final furlong of the WNCL, it is looking like a Scorpions v Breakers final; but Vic Spirit could still qualify if they thrash the Breakers tomorrow; while the Scorpions need a victory against the winless Roar to be certain.
Here’s how it all went down today…
South Australian Scorpions (146-9) bt. Queensland Fire (145)
After finding themselves 0-2 just 3 balls in, as Megan Schutt dispatched Grace Harris and Kirby Short for ducks in the first over, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the Fire to put runs on the board; and so it proved – Schutt finishing with 3-23 and Amanda-Jade Wellington with 3-26, as the Fire were bowled out for 145.
It proved a close-run thing however. Thanks to a 5-for performance from Delissa Kimmince, it came down to the last wicket, with Wellington and Katelyn Pope both on 0, the Scorps needing 1 run to win. Pope patiently faced-out a maiden from Jess Jonassen before Wellington finally hit the winning run in the 43rd over.
New South Wales Breakers (312-6) bt. ACT Meteors
A massive 232-run 3rd-wicket partnership between Alex Blackwell (107) and Ellyse Perry (126) saw the Breakers set the Meteors a daunting target of 313.
It was too much, and despite a late 50 from Meteors glove-butler Bec Maher, they were bowled out 120 runs short, ending their hopes of final qualification.
Western Australia Fury (192-9) bt. Tasmania Roar (185)
Jess Cameron top-scored with 51 off 67 balls as the Fury posted 192-9, with Meg Phillips taking 4-16 for the Roar.
At 118-7 a first victory of the season for the Roar looked most unlikely, but a late rally led by Emma Thompson (50) got them close… but not quite close enough, as they were bowled out just 8 runs shy.