Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM SMITH

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.

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