Scorpions win historic Super Over against WA
South Australia has kick-started the New Year with a clutch Super Over victory over Western Australia at the WACA to maintain its undefeated streak in the Women’s National Cricket League.
Scorpions leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington held her nerve with the ball for SA after both teams were tied on 231 after 100 overs of action on a warm Wednesday in Perth.
Wellington claimed two wickets in WA’s Super Over to restrict the hosts to 2-3 before Bridget Patterson and Courtney Webb sealed the win in four balls.
It was the first Super Over in WNCL history, coming after SA tied with Victoria earlier this season before wet weather left the match stranded in a stalemate.
- Reigning McCauley Medallist Courtney Webb (54 from 60 deliveries) carved out a classy half-century after SA won the toss and elected to bat first in the west.
- Patterson (36 from 54) and Emma de Broughe (35 from 80) shared a solid but patient opening partnership.
- SA scampered to 9-231 after its 50 overs before WA made a hot start to its chase, piling on 33 in the first five overs to put the Scorpions on the back foot.
- Maddy Darke (45) and Amy Edgar (40) both looked likely to put the game beyond SA’s reach before the Scorpions launched a bowling blitz to snare 4-33 inside the space of seven overs.
- Player of the Match Wellington (2-57) and Barsby (2-26) struck at crucial times, while Samantha Betts (2-43) conceded just two runs from the penultimate over to put SA in the box seat in the dying stages.
- WA tail-enders Sheldyn Cooper and Taneale Peschel then put on 11 runs in the last over to tie the scores before a run-out from SA’s Kate Peterson (2-37) on the final ball forced the thrilling Super Over finish.
- The result consolidates South Australia’s place in second spot while Western Australia fall to fourth in the competition standings.
- The two teams will meet again on Friday at the WACA with the first ball scheduled for 4:30pm ACDT.