Both teams are coming off strong recent performances, with the Scorpions producing a dominate display in an eight-wicket win against Queensland and Victoria dismantling ACT to the tune of a 155-run triumph.
Bridget Patterson is expected to return to the South Australian line-up after missing the trip to Queensland as a result of the Melbourne airport Covid-19 cluster. Originally scheduled to take place in Melbourne, tomorrow’s fixture has been relocated to Sydney’s Blacktown International Sportspark 2 for the same reason.
Patterson, a century-maker in her last outing, will be a welcome addition to a Scorpion’s batting unit that impressed again over the weekend. Losing just two wickets in pursuit of Queensland’s total, the top order trio of Tahlia McGrath, Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb were able to reel in the runs with time to spare.
Webb has been a revelation so far for the Scorpions, notching consecutive half-centuries and striking at a run-a-ball with regularity. The sight of McGrath finding the boundary and Dooley digging in at the crease will also give Head Coach Luke Williams a smile, knowing that they will need to be at their best against a star-studded Victorian side.
The bowling attack again looked dangerous in Brisbane, with opening partnership Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown working brilliantly in tandem. Spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington has continually looked threatening this season, and it all came together on Saturday. The leggie ripped through the Fire’s middle-order with unplayable turn and deceptive flight, partnering with McGrath to bring Queensland's innings to a grinding halt.
Victoria have been near-unstoppable so far in 2021, putting on big totals with the bat and running through the opposition with ball in hand. Within their ranks are the two highest run-scorers this season to date, Meg Lanning with 239 at an average of 119.5 and Elyse Villani with 226, averaging 113. The latter also has the season's biggest individual score to her name, smashing 135* at a run-a-ball against NSW, an innings that included 23 boundaries. They also have the second most prolific wicket taker, Georgia Wareham, who has seven from just 26 overs, and the best figures of the season courtesy of Tayla Vlaeminck, who collected 4/16 against the Meteors.
Fans can tune into the contest live via the cricket.com.au Match Centre or Kayo Sports, with the opening delivery set to be sent down at 9.30am ACDT.
Statewide Super SA Scorpions Squad
Megan Schutt (c)
Tahlia McGrath (vc)
Emma de Broughe