Opener McPharlin (39 not out) continued her hot run-of-form from last summer, where she polled third in the Karen Rolton Medal votes, while former Port Magpie Waldron (39 not out) was right at home in her new club.
Southern District batted first in the Twenty20 match and made slow progress with the bat, with Emily Johns (23) the top-scorer.
Sam Betts took 2/10 in her final match before heading west to play with the Perth Scorchers in rebel WBBL|05. Needing just 95 to win, the Jets reached the total in the 16th over, just one wicket down.
A low scoring affair between Kensington and Sturt saw a string of single-digit scores from the Sturt batters, before Amelia Rault (24 not out) and Dani Reid (16 not out) were able to steady the ship.
Two wickets each from Katelyn Pope (2/7) and Shae Daly (2/13) helped to contain the Blues to just 6/65 after 20 overs.
A strong Kensington batting lineup was toppled by Sturt's Alex Price (3/13) and Brooke Harris (2/10), however youngster Shania McKinnon (21 not out) steered the Browns to victory with eight balls to spare.