Despite finishing the regular season in fourth position, Sturt were victorious, claiming their first Twenty20 title since the 2010/11 season.
The top four – West Torrens, Northern Districts, Southern District and Sturt – battled it out for a place in the final on Sunday afternoon, with Sturt holding off a dangerous West Torrens outfit and the Jets defeating Southern District.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Eagles wasted no time getting to work. Tahlia McGrath, fresh off of 101 not out, looked threatening once again however nerves were calmed in the Blues camp when Emma de Broughe got the better of the right-hander, dismissing her for 31. Opening partner Paris Hall (31) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (37) added to the total, however couldn’t contest with Alex Price, who finished the innings with two wickets, a catch and a runout next to her name.
Contributions with the bat from de Broughe (27) and Price (29) alongside Josie Dooley (33) helped the Blues to build a positive total, however the Eagles stayed in touch dismissing all three in consecutive overs. Eliza Bartlett secured a crucial single off the final ball of the match, as Amelia Rault was dismissed – the single levelling the scores and seeing the match to a super over. The Blues successfully claimed the extra over and locked away their position in the next game.
At Park 25 Northern Districts battled it out with their Southern rivals for the remaining place in the final. The Jets started strongly thanks to the skipper, Tegan McPharlin (28) and a near half-century for Jemma Barsby (49). Southern's Gemma Kennedy collected 3/20 from her allocated overs, however her side struggled with bat in hand. Sam Betts was a force to be reckoned with, snagging 4/20, including both Stingrays openers, helping the Jets to secure their position, victorious by 16 runs.
As dusk fell at Karen Rolton Oval, the final was set between Sturt and Northern Districts. The Jets could not have asked for a better start when Darcie Brown collected her Adelaide Strikers teammate Annie O'Neil in the opening over. Emma de Broughe (55) and Josie Dooley (74) then put the foot down, stacking on a 135-run second wicket partnership and steadying their side. Cate Dunemann found the breakthrough in the 19th over, collecting Dooley, de Broughe and captain Megan Schutt within four balls, as Sturt closed its innings 5/152.
The Blues remained in control with ball in hand and the Jets appeared in trouble at 3/31. Alex Price took her opportunities, claiming the runout of Jemma Barsby who had wandered a little too far down the wicket when the ball was hit back in Price's direction. Sam Betts fell just short of a half-century when she was claimed by Bailey Vogt, who picked up career-best figures (3/14). With Districts requiring 53 from the final three overs, the Blues had all but locked away victory. Alex Price enjoyed the final two wickets of the match, icing the win, as the Sturt celebrated with a ball to spare.
Kensington were victorious over Southern District in the Statewide Super Women’s 2nd Grade Twenty20 Final. Kensington captain Monique Draycott (75 not out) led from the front, putting on 113-run partnership alongside Indira Panelli (36 not out). Chasing 145 for victory, Southern District struggled. Draycott had Donna Clark trapped LBW early, leaving the Stingrays reeling at 1/2. The Brown’s bowlers shared the workload, with Draycott (2/22), Sanigdha Bansal (2/15) and Jade Schneider (2/25) collecting two wickets apiece, holding the Stingrays to 92, and closing the match with four balls to spare.
Statewide Super Women's 1st Grade Twenty20 Champions - Sturt
Statewide Super Women's 2nd Grade Twenty20 Champions - Kensington