Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Sturt got off to a brilliant start, removing opening batter and Karen Rolton Medallist Shania McKinnon for just two. Southern District then fell to the unenviable position of 4/38 before a rescue mission was conducted by the middle order quartet of Ella Wilson, Jessica O’Reilly, Hannah Armstrong and Hannah Perry.
Armstrong and Perry were the standouts, partnering for 77 runs to take Southern Districts' total to 8/160, a score that kept them in the contest at the halfway mark. Abbie Cawse and Bailey Vogt were the pick of the bowlers for Sturt, each picking up two wickets.
Sturt, who finished the regular season atop the standings, showed their dominance when their turn with the bat came. Losing just two wickets in the chase, the result was never in doubt thanks to a brilliant stand from the opening pair of Annie O’Neil and Emma de Broughe. The two put on 85 for the first wicket, highlighted by O’Neil’s 58 from 51 deliveries.
Josie Dooley then made her way to the middle and batted at a run-a-ball, in conjunction with Alex Price, to truly seal the triumph. Price and de Broughe both finished unbeaten as the final runs were scored, with Sturt chasing the total down with 17.1 overs still up their sleeve to begin the joyous celebrations.
29 March 2021