Fifth-placed Southern District hosts sixth-placed Port Adelaide in what will be a prime opportunity for one team to secure their first win in the Statewide Twenty20 competition this year. Southern District will be quietly confident with consistently stronger performances than their rivals with Rachael Greenshields and Brandi Ongley finding form recently against tough opponents. The Stingrays will hope for their bowlers to bring their A-game to pile the pressure on a struggling Magpies batting line-up.
It has been a difficult season for both clubs but none more so than Port Adelaide who have a genuine opportunity this round to highlight the improvement they have made throughout the year. Pratibha Kapoor (2/27) will be key to limit the Stingrays runs, while a better combined batting performance is needed if the Magpies are to secure their first win this season.
Match of the round this weekend is a top of the table clash as Sturt travel to Kensington for what promises to be a thriller. The Browns had a hard-fought win over West Torrens last weekend as key players Sarah Lowe (42) and Eliza Doddridge (39) stood up to see Kensington jump the Eagles on the table. Look for Kelly Armstrong to have a big game after a quiet game last weekend.
The Sturt big guns fired last weekend as Eliza Bartlett (20*), Dani Ransley (24) and Emma de Broughe (18*) led the Blues to an easy victory over Southern District. However, the Sturt bowling unit was only able to take three wickets and will need a strong improvement if they are to trouble a classy Browns batting unit.
West Torrens will be eager to impress after last rounds’ disappointment with an opportunity to jump back to second spot, depending on other results. Ellie Falconer continued her impressive season with 42* last weekend but will need more assistance from her fellow Eagles if they are to post a defendable score. Having only taken three wickets last round, Jess Joseph will be looking for a significant bowling performance from herself and her bowlers.
Northern Districts have an opportunity to jump into third over West Torrens if they come away with the victory from this game. Despite missing key players Sam Betts and Tegan McPharlin through WBBL commitments, Katie Rowe (31) and Stephanie Beazleigh (45) took up the responsibility and led the Jets with the bat. Watch out for the experienced Brittany Perry who will look to have a big game after missing out last weekend. The Jets bowlers will get a better examination coming up against a high-quality batting line-up with Kiara Stockley (3/2), Taylah Lewis (2/8) and Caitln Wendland (2/8) essential for a Jets win.