WNCL Debrief – Breakers & Scorpions Win As Sarah Taylor & Laura Marsh Head To Final

Defending champions, Laura Marsh’s New South Wales Breakers will come up against Sarah Taylor’s South Australia Scorpions in next weekend’s final, in a repeat of last year, as the Breakers look to win their 11th straight title.

Danni Wyatt’s Vic Spirit could still have qualified going into today’s final round, but they needed a big win and that isn’t quite how it panned-out…

New South Wales Breakers (134-0) bt. Vic Spirit (132)

Emma Inglis (34) top scored for the Spirit as they plodded to 132 all out off 45.2 overs, after having collapsed from 65-2 to 69-5, including a 3-ball duck for Danni Wyatt, with Sarah Aley taking 3-21.

It took Rachel Haynes (63) and Alyssa Healy (65) just 25 overs to make the runs without losing a wicket, as the Breakers sealed their place in the final yet again. (Since the competition began in its current format in 1996, they have qualified for every single final, winning all but two of them!)

South Australia Scorpions (191-8) bt. Tasmania Roar (160)

The Scorpions had their middle-order to thank for a respectable total. Having been 15-3 at an early stage, they recovered to post 191 thanks to Tahlia McGrath (58) and Sarah Coyte (45), with Heather Knight and Julie Hunter taking 3 wickets apiece for the Roar.

In reply The Roar kept well up with the rate, but couldn’t keep their wickets intact and were eventually bowled out 32 runs short in the 45th over.

Queensland Fire (242-9) bt. Western Australia Fury (224-9)

Coming in in the middle-order, Grace Harris smashed 97 off 91 balls, including 3 sixes and 8 fours, as the Fire set the Fury 243 to win.

Fifties from Elyse Villani (79) and Heather Graham (52*) weren’t quite enough as the Fire prevailed by 18 runs.

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One thought on “WNCL Debrief – Breakers & Scorpions Win As Sarah Taylor & Laura Marsh Head To Final

  1. A quick stats analysis for those who may be interested. Knight and Wyatt won’t be participating in the WNCL final so these represent their complete figures. But Taylor’s / Marsh’s will still change from this point (apologies for any calculation errors):

    Taylor (so far): Batting 213 runs, Ave. 35.5, SR 88

    Marsh (so far): Batting 42 runs, Ave. 21.0, SR 108
    Bowling 7 wckts, Ave.26.0, ER 3.8

    Wyatt: Batting 173 runs, Ave. 28.8, SR 107
    Bowling 6 wckts, Ave.31.0, ER 4.7

    Knight: Batting 102 runs, Ave. 34.0, SR 55
    Bowling 6 wckts, Ave.21.5, ER 4.6

    The English players all had solid, respectable (if not spectacular) seasons. The same problems revealed this summer are still on show, namely Taylor and Wyatt get runs fast, but often don’t go on when they should; Wyatt is undervalued with the ball; Knight is not too fluent with the bat and maybe not quite good enough with the ball as a primary spinner; and Marsh is still a decent bowler but not much of a batter any more, although moving down the order is probably not helping.

    I hope we have a decent final, and at least one of Taylor / Marsh has a good day!

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