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Kensington 205 defeated by Northern Districts 9/246
Kensington has slumped to its second straight defeat in the Statewide Women’s First Grade after losing to Northern Districts at Adelaide Oval No. 2.
Northern Districts batted first after winning the toss but lost both Brittany Perry (3) and Sam Betts (3) cheaply to the bowling of Katelyn Pope (3/60). Teagan McPharlin (69) and Katie Rowe (43) steadied the innings with an 84-run partnership before Tabatha Saville chimed in with a powerful cameo of 69 from just 56 balls to help the Jets reach 9/246 from their 50 overs. Sarah Lowe was the best bowler for the Browns claiming 3/27 from her 10 overs.
In reply, Kensington started strongly thanks to Eliza Doddridge (33) and Lowe (54) who notched up a half-century to go with her three wickets in the first innings to have the Browns seemingly cruising towards victory before Stephanie Beazleigh (1/25) removed the latter which started a landslide of wickets. Taylah Gregory (3/30) took care of the Kensington middle order with the only resistance coming from Katelyn Pope (33) as the Browns lost 5/42 to be bowled out for 205, 42 runs short of victory.
Port Adelaide 58 defeated by West Torrens 3/59
Port Adelaide’s tough year continued with another loss to the flying Eagles.
West Torrens won the toss and sent Port Adelaide in and what followed was a procession of wickets as Jess Joseph tore through the Magpies batters on her way to a stunning 4/5 from 5.2 overs to restrict Port to just 58.
West Torrens made light work of the run chase with Angela Treloar (23) ensuring no hiccups in the run chase as the Eagles scored the runs in just eight overs. Chelsea Rundle (2/31) fought hard to gain some scorecard respectability claiming two wickets for the Magpies.
Southern District 145 defeated by Sturt 6/422
Records were broken everywhere as Sturt piled on the runs thanks to an unbeaten 242 from opener Annie O’Neil.
Sturt won the toss and elected to bat and what followed no one could have seen coming as opening batter O’Neil plundered 242* from just 144 balls including 34 fours and two sixes. Dani Ransley (35), Amelia Rault (23) and Sharni Tansell (36) all made meaningful contributions but it was O’Neil who undoubtedly stole the show - her innings believed to be the highest one-day score in women’s cricket throughout SA – as Sturt powered to a whopping 6/422 from their allotted 50 overs. Ebonie Smith (2/33) was the only multiple wicket taker for the Stingrays. Southern District, who toppled reigning premiers Kensington last week, was left stunned and needed a miracle to chase down such a big total. The Stingrays got off to the worst possible start struggling at 4/12 before Cara Allen (19) and Donna Clark (20) put together a steadying partnership before Emma de Broughe (2/30) removed both girls. Despite a defiant knock from Ella Wilson (38) it was smooth sailing for the Blues as O’Neil traded bat for ball and claimed 3/18 to cap off a once in a lifetime game to bowl Southern District ou