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.