The 13 remains unchanged following the Scorpion’s season-opening trip to Canberra that yielded a win and a loss, results that see the South Australian side placed third in the standings at this early stage.

Bridget Patterson has started the season extremely strongly, currently sitting fourth in the WNCL for runs scored with 142, headlined by a stunning century against ACT. With ball in hand, Megan Schutt continues to be a model of consistency, collecting 82 dot balls across the opening weekend, along with four wickets. Tahlia McGrath will be another to watch the ball thanks to her strike-rate of 24.7 against Queensland, her best against any team.

New recruits Jemma Barsby and Josie Dooley are in line to face-off against their old side, having made the trip from Queensland to South Australia during the off-season. Barsby will be looking to contribute with both bat and ball, while Dooley is determined to lock down her position in the top order with a significant showing against the Fire.

Dooley spoke with SACA Media ahead of the clash, discussing her excitement at facing off against old teammates:

“I love Allan Border Stadium and so was super excited the game got moved there. I’ve faced them [Queensland bowlers] so many times in training on that pitch and so I am just really looking forward to it. Hopefully it can kick-start me for this season.

It’s going to be a bit weird going into the opposition changerooms, but it’s one of my favourite places to play cricket. I’ll have the family there too so it will feel pretty similar, just in different colours against players I have played with a lot.”

The Fire have played just one game to date this season, a five-wicket loss against the ACT Meteors on 30 January. Beth Mooney looked in great touch opening the batting for Queensland, scoring 58 at a run-a-ball, while Georgia Prestwidge was the most damaging in the field, taking 2/33 from her overs.

The Scorpions take on Queensland Fire on Saturday at Allan Border Field, with the first ball scheduled for 10.30am ACDT. The Scorpions will then head to NSW, where a battle against Victoria awaits on Tuesday 23 February at Blacktown International Sportspark 2. This fixture has been relocated from Victoria as a result of the recent Covid-19 lockdown.

Statewide Super SA Scorpions squad
Megan Schutt (c)
Tahlia McGrath (vc)
Jemma Barsby
Sam Betts
Darcie Brown
Emma de Broughe
Josie Dooley
Tegan McPharlin
Annie O’Neil
Bridget Patterson
Alex Price
Courtney Webb
Amanda-Jade Wellington