Bridget Patterson’s century helps Scorpions to a seven-wicket win against Meteors
Bridget Patterson struck a patient century to take South Australian Scorpions to a seven-wicket win against ACT Meteors at the Phillip Oval on Sunday (February 7) as Katie Mack’s hundred went in vain.
Chasing a target of 197, Patterson started solidly for Scorpions even as Tahlia McGrath struggled at the other end. Even though the pair put on 37 for the opening wicket, they lost McGrath for nine and Josie Dooley for six with Nicola Hancock and Zoe Cooke accounting for them.
With the score reading 62 for 2, Patterson found an able partner in Courtney Webb, and the duo shared a 118-run partnership for the third wicket to control the chase. Patterson brought up her fifty from 90 balls with five boundaries to her name. Soon, Webb joined her when she went past her fifty from 72 deliveries, her first for Scorpions, in the 44th over.
Al though Webb departed in the 46th over for 52, it was only a matter of time for the Scorpions as they eased towards the target. Patterson reached a well-earned hundred with a single off Chloe Rafferty in the same over. She and Jemma Barsby combined to hit a couple of boundaries to take the target to single figures and finished the match off in the 49th over with seven wickets to spare. Patterson’s unbeaten 108-run knock came from 162 balls.
Earlier, after opting to bat, Meteors got off to a good start with Mack and Rebecca Carter putting on a 65-run partnership for the opening wicket. But once Carter was dismissed by Samantha Betts in the 17th over, Meteors lost their way slipped to 115 for 5 in the 30th over with Betts striking two more times and Barsby accounting for Carly Leeson and Erica Kershaw.
Even as Meteors lost wickets regularly, Mack remained solid at one end and accumulated runs with some good running combined with occasional boundaries. She formed a 40-run partnership with Madeline Penna to steady the innings and take the score to 155 for 6 in 40 overs.
Post the dismissal of Penna, Mack batted on and brought up her century from 125 balls. Meteors were eventually bowled out for 196 in 49.1 overs. Mack remained not out on 106.
For Scorpions, Betts was the most successful bowler with three wickets to her name, while Barsby and McGrath took two wickets each.
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ACT Meteors: 196/10 in 49.1 overs (Katie Mack 106*, Rebecca Carter 26; Samantha Betts 3/14, Jemma Barsby 2/33) beat South Australian Scorpions: 197/3 in 48.4 overs (Bridget Patterson 108*, Courtney Webb 52) by seven wickets. POTM: Bridget Patterson