On a cloudy and cold day in Hobart, the South Australian Scorpions won the toss and sent the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors in to bat.
Katie Mack and Claire Koski opened the batting for the Meteors and the pair combined to put on an impressive partnership of 125 runs with both celebrating half centuries. Unfortunately for Mack her celebration was short-lived after she was caught by Sophie Devine in the 21st over and departed for 52. Erin Burns was next to the crease but a good ball from Amanda Wellington caught her off guard and she was gone for just three runs. With Osborne now her partner at the crease, Claire Koski continued her fine form was well on her way to a big score at Twin Ovals in Kingston.
Osborne contributed 25 runs to the total before some good fielding from Wellington caught Osborne just short of the crease. Reakes was the next batter in as the Meteors brought up their 200 runs in the 42nd over and Claire Koski raised the bat as she brought up her maiden WNCL century off just 134 balls, her teammates giving her a standing ovation from the sideline.
Koski went on to finish the innings in superb fashion hitting the first six of the match in the final over deep over long on remain unbeaten on 132 and lead the side a strong innings total of 268 runs.
Tegan McPharlin and Bridget Patterson were the opening pair for the Scorpions as they set out to reach the target of 269.
Nicola Hancock struck early to get the breakthrough wicket of McPharlin for just 13 runs, but unfortunately there wasn’t too much to celebrate after that. Patterson and Tahlia McGrath put on a partnership of 90 runs and both celebrated half centuries. Osborne picked up the wicket of Patterson but Sophie Devine came in as a girl on a mission and smashed 88 runs from 53 balls including 8 boundaries and 4 maximums to put the game well and truly in South Australia’s grip.
With a bonus point dangling in front of them, South Australia needed to reach the total in 40 overs or less. Some big shots resulted in a few more wickets falling, but the Scorpions managed to get the required runs in exactly 40 overs and win by 5 wickets with the bonus point.
A disappointing result for the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors. The team will look to end their season on a positive note on Sunday as they face Tasmania in the final match.