The victory, built on the back of a strong team performance in the field followed by a powerful innings from opening batter Tahlia McGrath and stoic knocks from Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb, is the Scorpion’s second from three starts and sees them maintain their position at the top end of the standings.
The contest was reduced to 40 overs per side before a ball was bowled due to the conditions in Brisbane, with the Scorpions winning the toss and electing to send the Fire in to bat. Megan Schutt was at her miserly best with the ball, freeing up young quick Darcie Brown to attack with pace and confidence.
The 17-year-old removed both Queensland openers during her opening spell, mastering the conditions to produce speed and swing in equal measure. When Samantha Betts removed the dangerous Grace Harris before the 15-over mark, the Scorpions would’ve been feeling confident that the door was ajar.
Georgia Redmayne and Jessica Jonassen then began a rebuild for the Fire, putting on 50 together before Amanda-Jade Wellington and Tahlia McGrath tore the innings apart. Queensland had no answers to the combination of ripping turn and consistent line and length, losing their final six wickets for just 34 runs.
Wellington produced several deliveries right out of the leg spinners handbook, bamboozling Jonassen and Ellie Johnston to finish with 3/30 from her seven overs. From her end, McGrath targeted the stumps to great effect, collecting 3/34 from eight overs, helping to restrict the Fire to 170 from 39.3 overs.
McGrath kept the momentum going once she got the bat in her hands, starting the Scorpions innings off with a boundary from the opening delivery. She would find the rope several more times on her way to 44 (54), an innings that left some runs in the middle but got the Scorpions off to a strong start in pursuit of the Fire total.
Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb were then able to consolidate the start and push their side steadily towards the required runs in the middle overs. Dooley anchored the partnership well while Webb cleverly and consistently found the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The two played the conditions masterfully to remain unbeaten as the winning runs were recorded, timing their partnership of 108 to perfection.
Dooley was clearly determined from ball one to make a difference against her former side, and she rode a little luck throughout her innings to compile a critical knock of 49*. She was joined by Courtney Webb in guiding the Scorpions home, who brought up her second consecutive half-century in the dying stages, going at a run-a-ball for most of her innings, looking better with every ball faced.
The Scorpions now head to New South Wales where they will face Victoria at Blacktown International Sportspark 2 on Tuesday. First ball is scheduled for 9.30am ACDT.
20 February 2021