TASMANIA V SOUTH AUSTRALIA
FOR the first time in their nine-year WNCL existence, Tasmania’s female cricketers can genuinely talk about finals — but now they have a near three-month wait before getting that chance.
The Tigers notched back to back victories yesterday by defeating South Australia by six wickets at the TCA — coming off a tight win against Queensland on Friday — to move to a 3-1 record for the season.
It is the first time the squad has registered more than two wins in a single season, having entered 2018-19 with an overall 5-42 win-loss record with one no result.
However under new coach Salliann Briggs, the group is heading into uncharted territory, but will have to wait until after the WBBL tournament before having the opportunity to claim a maiden finals spot in the 50-over competition, with their last two games not until February.
“I think this weekend had capped off four or five months of really hard work we have done in the pre-season,” captain Brooke Hepburn said.
“I guess it has gone better than we had planned, two from two is an exceptional result and I was really proud of the girls on how we performed to capture two wins.
“We have a two-month break to head into Big Bash and then we will come back after that and definitely be hungry to secure at least another win to put ourselves in the hunt.
“I’m confident if we play as well as we can, we can definitely push for the top two and hopefully make a first finals appearance for the Tassie Tigers.”
A superb bowling and fielding performance set up yesterday’s win, with the Tigers restricting the Scorpions to 157 from 48 overs.
Veteran Veronica Pyke was outstanding with 1-18 from 10 overs, while Meg Phillips and Hepburn captured two wickets each.
Katelyn Fryett and Sasha Maloney were also deadly in the field with a run out each, with the visitors at one point losing 5-6 in 27 balls. Tasmania lost Stefanie Daffara and Phillips cheaply in the run chase, before player of the match Georgia Redmayne and Emma Thompson steadied with a 44run stand. Thompson’s dismissal brought Corinne Hall (55 not out) to the crease and she combined with Redmayne (56) to take the hosts to the cusp of victory before the latter perished with five runs needed.
The girls will now swap the Tigers clothes for the Hurricanes purple, with their first WBBL contest in three weeks.