Scorpions stars return to Premier Cricket as Kensington and Northern Districts face off in an Adelaide Oval No. 2 thriller.
Kensington will be hoping to bounce back after a shock defeat against Southern District last weekend, with the Browns being bolstered by the return of State players Sarah Lowe, Katelyn Pope and Bridget Patterson. Georgia Iannella (34*) and Shae Daly (3/23) fought hard to keep Kensington in the game last week and will certainly be looking to continue that form with competition for spots heating up.
Northern Districts will also be out to secure a win after a close 24-run loss to West Torrens in the opening round. The Jets will welcome back key players Tegan McPharlin, Brittany Perry, Sam Betts and Tabatha Saville from State duties to increase team depth. The Northern Districts bowlers will be vital to restrict a stacked Kensington batting line-up, while the Jets batters will need to capitalise on their good starts and post big scores as Neisha Iles (55) did last week if they are to secure their first win of the one-day competition.
Port Adelaide host West Torrens at EP Nazar Reserve as they will aim to be competitive against an Eagles team firing on all cylinders. The Magpies will be hoping for a better showing after a heavy defeat to Sturt last round as they were bundled out for just 89 before the Blues chased the total down with the loss of no wicket in just 12 overs. The Port Adelaide batters will have a goal to bat their allotted 50 overs with captain Anureet Kaur crucial in achieving this.
West Torrens are in stunning form at present and will be keen to keep that rolling with star Ellie Falconer also returning from Scorpions duty. It doesn’t get easier for the Magpies as Lauren Ebsary is dominating with the bat with another classy 83* in the opening round, while Jess Joseph (3/34) continues to show her skill with the ball. The Eagles will look for a big win to keep them on top of the ladder.
The shock winners of the opening round, Southern District, host Sturt at Park 25 No.1 and will aspire to knock off another more fancied opponent in Sturt. It will be a tough act to follow by captain Jess O’Reilly (49 & 6/30) who inspirationally led from the front, while Ella Wilson, Donna Clark and Gemma Kennedy will all be looking to continue their good form and help Southern District to their second win.
Sturt will be out to burst the Stingrays’ bubble and claim another victory after easily accounting for Port Adelaide last weekend. Sarah Carver (5/9) was again unplayable with the ball and looms as the match-winner for the Blues while batters Meg Phillips (44*), Emma de Broughe (39*) and Dani Ransley will all be aiming to continue their form.