South Australia v WA
Tuesday 21 January
The WACA, Perth, 12:30pm ACDT
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South Australia v WA
Thursday 23 January
The WACA, Perth, 12:30pm ACDT
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Preview
This week will be a big and important challenge for the Scorpions, taking on the team that sits in second place on the WNCL ladder. Both sides will be without their international imports, with SA missing Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine unavailable to play for WA. The Scorpions need two wins this week to be a sniff for the final, as they’re still seeking their first victory of 2019-20. Pace-bowler Stacey Oates returns to the 13 and captain Megan Schutt will lead the side for the next two matches before she departs for international duty. Annie O’Neil and Alex Price have been demonstrating excellent form with the bat at Premier Cricket level and will both be hoping to contribute in the middle-order this week, while Sam Betts’ maiden 50 earlier this month will have boosted her confidence. WA will be bolstered by bowler Piepa Cleary, who returns to the squad after missing most of the rebel WBBL with a broken ankle.

Scorpion to watch – Darcie Brown
Sixteen-year-old Darcie Brown is a hugely exciting talent, clocking bowling speeds faster than any of her older and more experienced teammates. Brown made her senior State debut in the last WNCL match and proceeded to trouble the Tasmanian batters. Although she took just a single wicket, there were plenty of close calls inside her seven-over spell and she conceded just 32 runs.

Danger player – Emma King
Off-spinner Emma King is the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 10 from just four matches, showing just how dangerous she can be with ball in hand. She hasn’t taken less than two wickets in a game so far this season so WA will be relying on her to do the same against the Scorps.

Statewide Super SA Scorpions 13-player squad v WA
Megan Schutt (c), Tahlia McGrath, Suzie Bates, Darcie Brown, Emma de Broughe, Eliza Doddridge, Ellie Falconer, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Sam Betts.

Western Australia 14-player squad v SA
Chloe Piparo (c), Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sheldyn Cooper, Ash Day, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Emma Inglis, Ash King, Emma King, Taneale Peschel.