Elyse Villani and Emma Mannix-Geeves were immovable during the Tigers successful chase, combining for a remarkable 205 runs to ensure an eighth straight victory to lift the trophy in front of a delighted home crowd.

Scorpions skipper Jemma Barsby won the toss against opposing skipper Villani on a perfect Tasmanian autumn morning and chose to set a total for the home side, backing the in-form top order of Patterson, de Broughe, Dooley and Webb to continue their impressive campaigns with bat in hand.

Tasmania turned to spin to win from the outset, opening the bowling with the experience of Molly Strano before sending down plenty of overs from Maisy Gibson, Sasha Moloney and Amy Smith in tandem with quicks Sarah Coyte and Hayley Silver-Holmes.

Patterson and de Broughe began strongly, working ones and twos into the Blundstone Arena outfield with regularity, but it would be pushing for a second on the arm of Naomi Stalenberg that would spell the end of the partnership. Short of her ground despite a desperate dive, Patterson departed for 24, passing the baton to Josie Dooley.

A 50-run pairing followed before de Broughe lost her wicket with 48 runs on the board, caught by Corinne Hall off the bowling of Moloney, bringing a valuable contribution to an end. Courtney Webb then joined Dooley in the middle and Tasmania would not be able to separate them for the next 20 overs.

Adding 113 runs during that time, the duo both raised the bat in recognition of half centuries as they looked to boost the run-rate in the final overs. Dooley ultimately lost her bails to Smith, heading back to the sheds with 66 runs personally added to the tally, while Webb managed to find yet another gear while within reach of another WNCL century.

Eleven boundaries punctuated the innings from the WNCL’s third-highest run-scorer, with many of those delivered in the latter stages when most needed. Beginning her knock at the exact halfway mark, Webb wasn’t dismissed until the second last ball of the Scorpions innings, finishing with 88 from 78 deliveries to ensure the travelling South Australian’s set a competitive total in the tournament’s decider.

Strano and Smith were the pick of the bowlers for Tasmania, taking three apiece as the Scorpions recorded 8/242 from their 50 overs.

In response, the Tigers never looked like faltering, reeling in the required runs with three overs to spare for the loss of just one wicket to break South Australian hearts and spark celebrations in the Apple Isle.

Destructive opener Rachel Priest looked in ominous form early, hitting the rope twice before Sam Betts swung one through the gate to rattle the woodwork and kickstart the Scorpions defence. The excitement was short-lived however as Villani strolled onto Blundstone Arena and joined forces with Manix-Geeves to dismantle South Australia’s resistance in emphatic fashion.

From then on the vibrant green grass of Blundstone Arena played stage to a remarkable performance as the Tasmanian duo delivered a batting masterclass, sending the red Scorpions uniforms in pursuit of a crisply stuck ball for the next three hours.

Registering centuries within moments of each other, Villani and Manix-Geeves entered the history books with their unbeaten 205-run partnership, delivering Tasmania their first ever WNCL title. With 111* and 104* respectively to their names when the winning runs were struck, Villani and Manix-Geeves achieved perfection on the final day of the season, more than enough to deliver the title to Tasmania.