Rachael Haynes in action. ©ICC

SA Scorpions vs NSW Breakers:

Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy helped NSW Breakers to claim an easy win over SA Scorpions. Breakers won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, Scorpions got off to a dismal start as the opener Eliza Doddridge went for a duck. Opener Bridget Patterson and Tahlia McGrath added 35-run in a steady partnership before the former got dismissed by giving an easy catch to Healy. Soon  Tegan McPharlin joined them in the dugout. Soon they were reduced to 68/6 within quick succession. Fall of wickets at regular intervals ended Scorpion’s innings within a mere total of 106 on board.

Chasing 107, Breakers’ openers Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy got off to a flying start. Both of them added 59 runs before Healy’s dismissal. Ellyse Perry went to a golden duck. Another opener Rachael Haynes scored a 39-ball 37 with 5 fours and a six before her dismissal. They reached the target within 18.1 overs. Their victory was set up by the impressive bowling performance by Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Aley and Ashleigh Gardner. Each one of them picked up 2 wickets while others bagged 1 wicket each.

Brief Scores:

NSW Breakers 107/4 (R Haynes 37, M Schutt 2/26) beat SA Scorpions 106/10 (A O’ Neill 30, A Gardner 2/15) by 6 wickets.


Victoria Women vs Queensland Fire:

Queensland Fire chose to field first after winning the toss. Victoria Women got the big blow when opener Sophie Molineux went very cheaply. Another opener Makinley Blows too went for a 12-ball duck. Later it was Meg Lanning and Annabel Sutherland who tried to steady the ship. Both added 31 runs for the third wicket before Jonassen picked up Lanning and Sutherland in quick succession. Molly Strano scored a 57-ball 44 and Nicole Faltum scored a 39-ball 32 and lift their team to 196 after 50 overs.

Chasing 197 became too hard for Victoria Women as they lost their opener, Beth Mooney, very cheaply while middle order batter Tess Cooper too went for 2. Kirby Short was dismissed after scoring 45 off 50 and soon they started struggling at 120/6 within 25.2 overs. At that moment, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Delissa Kimmince came to their side’s rescue. They both resurrect the innings and did a wonderful job with a partnership of 44 runs and then Jemma Barsby scored 21* off 27 and handed over the victory to her team with 4 overs to spare.

Brief Scores:

Queensland Fire 197/9 (K Short 45, A King 3/42) beat Victoria Women 196/7 (M Strano 44, J Jonassen 2/16) by 1 wicket.


Tasmanian Tigers vs Western Fury :

Georgia Redmayne’s 77 and Corinne Hall’s 51 guided Tasmanian Tigers to an easy win over Western Fury. Western Fury won the toss and elected to field first. Tasmania Women got off to a good start and added 34 runs before they lost their opener Stefanie Daffara for 18, who got trapped by LBW. The other opener Redmayne and Corinne Hall built a 77-run partnership for the second wicket before the later one lost her wicket to Emma King, after scoring 51 off 69 with 5 fours. Redmayne later built another 81-run partnership with Emma Thompson. Redmayne played a blistering knock of 77 off 98 with 7 fours and Thompson scored a 54-ball 43 and helped Tasmania Women to put up a decent competitive total of 242 after 50 overs.

Chasing this huge total, Western Fury opener Bhavi Devchand went for a duck. Chloe Piparo and Heather Graham started building partnership and added 31 runs. But Alex Hartley struck twice in the same over and soon they reduced to 31/3. Middle order batters did not make much of an impression, as they became 83 for 7 in 25.2 overs. Amy Edgar, at the other end, anchored the innings till 44th over; scored 67 off 112 with 4 fours and a six before her dismissal through run-out. Her effort went in vain as other batters failed to support her and they were bowled out within 164.

Brief Scores:

Tasmanian Tigers 242/9 (G Redmayne 77, K Hempenstall 3/39) beat Western Fury 164/10 (A Edgar 67, Hartley 3/27) by 78 runs.