Led by teenage speedster Ella Wilson (Glenelg), South Australia produced a near faultless run through their opening five clashes, defeating ACT/NSW Country, Tasmania, NSW Metro, Queensland and Vic Country to qualify for the Final.

Pleasingly for coaches Darius Wyatt and SA Scorpions legend Tegan McPharlin, the tournament’s success has been forged through consistent performances from every squad member, rather than individuals taking it upon themselves to create victory.

Beginning with a final ball thriller, South Australia’s campaign is highlighted by both nail-biting triumph and dominant displays, all leading to the biggest game of the tournament and a chance to be crowned the nation’s best.

Chasing 4/139 in the opening Twenty20, Kate Peterson (Glenelg) and Paris Hall (West Torrens) set the tone with a quickfire 62-run partnership, but when a steady stream of wickets flowed back to the pavilion in the middle overs, the final six deliveries arrived with Lucy Bowering (Glenelg) and Eleanor Larosa (Glenelg) needing to find 16 runs with just two wickets in hand.

Defying the odds, the duo sparked a stunning surge that ended in success.

Sitting 2-0 following a destructive chase against Tasmania built on wickets to skipper Wilson, Maddie Clark (West Torrens), Sanigdha Bansal (Kensington) and Callie Wilson (Sturt) in addition to runs from Steph Beazleigh (Northern Districts) and Wilson, South Australia entered a huge clash against NSW Metro while resting atop the standings.

An even bigger win eventuated in that vital fixture, with South Australia reeling in the required runs with 6.2 overs to spare on the back of a pair of wickets to Bowering and quick runs from the bats of Hall, Beazleigh and Wilson.

Queensland came calling following that hat-trick of South Australian victories, with the result another last ball special at Park 25. Bowling first, the home town players Bansal and Clarke combined to take four wickets from their seven overs as Queensland were held to 7/123 from 20 overs.

In response, Elizabeth Worthley (Sturt) and Beazleigh did the damage before Clarke capped a brilliant performance by hitting the winnings runs off the final ball of the day.

Presented the opportunity to go five from five against Vic Country in a 50-over contest, South Australia won the toss and elected to bat, setting the stage for one of the best knocks of the tournament from Amelia Rault (Sturt). Crunching 11 fours and one six, Rault finished with 85 runs beside her name in the scorebook as her side set the visiting Victorians an imposing chase of 256.

Cate Dunemann (Northern Districts) and Bowering delivered with ball in hand, claiming a brace of wickets each to see South Australia emerge 89-run victors to secure a place in the Grand Final.