Maiden WNCL hundred for Dooley; Redmayne's 99 not out headlines Queensland's win
Georgia Redmayne(L), Josie Dooley(R) © Getty
A maiden WNCL hundred from Josie Dooley and three-fer from Samantha Betts helped South Australian Scorpions trump Tasmanian Tigers by 61 runs, while Queensland Fire chased down the target set by New South Wales Breakers with the help of half-centuries from Georgia Redmayne and Charli Knott on Friday(March 19).
In the first fixture, the Scorpions lost Emma de Broughe early. However, Dooley and Bridget Patterson built a partnership adding 135 runs for the second wicket. Though Patterson got out 81 from 115 balls, Dooley went on to get her first WNCL century. She smashed 116 runs from 112 balls and helped the Scorpions get past the 250-run mark. Some tight bowling from Heather Graham in the death, including a hat-trick, helped the Tigers restrict them to 266 for nine in 50 overs.
Chasing 167, Betts struck early, dismissing both the Tigers openers cheaply. Though Graham tried to hold the fort at one end, wickets kept falling at the other. At one point, they were reduced to 115 for seven.
Sarah Coyte, Emily Smith and Amy Smith try to revive the chase for the Tigers. However, they eventually were all out for 205 in 44.1 overs. Betts was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 37 in her nine overs.
In the other fixture, half-centuries from Tahlia Wilson and Rachel Trenaman and some late blitz from Erin Burns helped the Breakers finish with 236 for seven in 48 overs. Grace Harris ran through their middle-order, picking up three wickets for 39 in her nine overs.
Despite losing Georgia Voll early, Redmayne and Knott ensured that the Fire did not lose any further wickets immediately. Laura Kimmince, who walked in at number four, smashed a 37-ball 45 and helped Fire chased the target in 42.5 overs, while Redmayne remained not out till the end on 99.
South Australian Scorpions 266/9 in 50 overs (Josie Dooley 116; Heather Graham 5/44) beat Tasmanian Tigers 205 all-out in44.1 overs (Emily Smith 41; Samantha Betts 3/34) by 61 runs.
New South Wales Breakers 236/7 in 48 overs (Rachel Trenaman 69; Grace Harris 3/39) lost to Queensland Fire 241/2 in 42.5 overs (Georgia Redmayne 99*; Stella Campbell 1/31) by eight wickets.