Southern District 8/181 defeated Kensington 140
Southern District has stunned reigning premiers Kensington in the opening round of the Statewide first grade one-day competition and secured their first win in any form for the year.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Stingrays put together consistent partnerships led by captain Jess O’Reilly who compiled a patient 49 with assistance from Ella Wilson (38) and a Donna Clark (36) cameo to reach a competitive 181 from their 50 overs. Shae Daly was the best for the Browns taking three top-order wickets on her way to 3/23.
In reply, Kensington got off to a decent start putting on 42 for the first wicket before disaster struck. Gemma Kennedy (2/26) claimed two wickets in two balls before a stunning spell from O’Reilly (6/30) ripped through the heart of the Browns batting line-up to eventually dismiss them for just 140. Georgia Iannella (34*) withstood the carnage but was unable to get any support as the Stingrays ran away 41-run winners.
West Torrens 215 defeated Northern Districts 191
West Torrens have toppled Northern Districts in a high-scoring match at Henley Oval.
The Eagles won the toss and wasted no time in electing to bat with Lauren Ebsary (83*) hitting fine form just weeks before she starts her campaign with the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL. Ebsary was well supported by Tayla Gordon (33) and Caroline Ward (21) who helped West Torrens to a healthy 215 all out. Darcie Brown (2/37), Sophie Roberts (2/23), Taylah Lewis (2/19) and Taylah Gregory (2/48) all took two wickets each for the Jets.
In reply, the Eagles bowlers proved too good for Northern Districts batters despite a half-century from captain Neisha Iles (55). Jess Joseph claimed 3/34, along with two wickets each for Laura Niejalke (2/28) and Emily Hinze (2/37). The Jets will be kicking themselves as their top order failed to capitalise on good starts to go down by 24 runs with 10.4 overs remaining.
Sturt 0/90 defeated Port Adelaide 89
Sturt has cruised to a win against Port Adelaide thanks to great performances from Sarah Carver, Emma de Broughe and Meg Phillips.
Port Adelaide won the toss and elected to bat but any chance of a big total was dashed thanks to a menacing spell from Carver (5/9) who tore through the Magpies line-up helping restrict them to a lowly 89 runs.
In reply, the Blues had no trouble chasing down the total, hitting the runs in 12 overs for the loss of no wicket thanks to de Broughe (40*) and Tasmanian State-contracted player Meg Phillips (44*).