West Torrens, Northern Districts, Southern District and Sturt will contest the semi-finals on Sunday, ahead of the Twenty20 final at Karen Rolton Oval that evening.
West Torrens began their day with a comprehensive win over Sturt, headlined by a Tahlia McGrath century. Smacking twelve boundaries and sending four over the rope for collection, ‘T-Mac’ combined with Paris Hall building a 78-run first wicket stand, ensuring West Torrens locked away a commanding 1/194 at the close of their innings. Sturt were competitive in response, thanks in part to Megan Schutt’s 65 not out, however the Eagles bowling cartel restricted the total, picking up 3/23 early and holding the Blues off.
Clearly unimpressed with their first partnership attempt, Hall and McGrath looked to better their efforts, putting together 105 runs for the first wicket in their second match of the day. Glenelg’s Jacinta Goodger-Chandler couldn’t be faulted, picking off the opening pair in addition to Amanda-Jade Wellington from her 4 over spell, however Glenelg waivered with bat in hand losing 2/10 in the opening stages, ultimately falling 27 runs short.
Northern Districts were the other big winners from the weekend, knocking over Southern Districts in a low scoring affair, before narrowly taking the points against Sturt. Jemma Barsby (45 not out) was the star with bat in hand as the Jet’s limited Southern District to 9/79 from their allocated overs. Barsby’s efforts aided her side in chasing down the total in 15.1 overs, with dynamic young duo, Taylah Gregory (2/8) and Darcie Brown (2/16) picking up a pair of wickets each.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first in their second hit out of the day worked in favour of the Jets, and despite losing 2/14 early, managed to defend 9/106. Schutt continued in fine form, the only way she knows how, collecting 2/11 including SA Scorpions teammate, and Jets opener, Tegan McPharlin for a second ball duck. Schutt also contributed 30 (from 21) with bat in hand, but couldn’t keep out Samantha Betts, who picked up 4/15, holding the Blues to just 93 runs.
After falling to Northern Districts in their opening match of the day, Southern District bounced back with a win over Kensington. A half century from Brown’s Bridget Patterson wasn’t enough to get Kensington over the line, chasing 125 for victory. Stingray’s Sharni Tansell was threatening with ball in hand, picking up 3/24 including removing the ever-dangerous Shae Daly (20) before she could prove too damaging.
Kensington suffered a similar fate in their opening clash with Glenelg, only managing 63 runs from 18.2 overs. Glenelg’s Anesu Mushangwe (43) and Courtney Webb (46) helped the Seahorses to a fierce 4/153, before Lucy Bowering set the pitch alight, picking up 4/9, including a hat-trick. Despite the feat, the figures were neither a career-best for the 16-year-old (4/4 remains her finest spell to date) nor her first hat-trick, as her comprehensive efforts ensured Kensington fell 13 runs short.
Best with bat:
101 not out: Tahlia McGrath (West Torrens)
61: Tahlia McGrath (West Torrens)
65 not out: Megan Schutt (Sturt)
53: Bridget Patterson (Kensington)
Best with ball:
4/9: Lucy Bowering (Glenelg)
4/15: Sam Betts (Northern Districts)
3/24: Sharni Tansell (Southern District)
3/24: Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Glenelg)