Winning the toss and choosing to bat first in their matchup against Kensington, Southern District set a strong total of 9/199 from their 50 overs as Shania McKinnon starred with the blade. Opening the batting, McKinnon was untroubled on her way to 59 from 94 deliveries, clattering five fours and a towering six. Jasmin Earl combined with McKinnon to put on 93 for the first wicket, before Jess O’Reilly then added 38 from 36 balls in the middle order to push the total higher.
Sarah Lowe was electric with the ball for Kensington, taking 4/33 from her 10 overs, including the crucial top-order wickets of Earl and Armstrong and the dangerous O’Reilly just as she was threatening to tear the game apart. Sarah Ferris also bowled well to collect figures of 2/18 from six overs.
In pursuit, Kensington were unable to reel the total in, instead losing their final wicket with just 136 on the board to finish their season. A complete performance from Southern District with the ball was highlighted by six individual wicket-takers, led by Hannah Perry, Gemma Kennedy, Kelly Armstrong and Jasmin Earl with two each.
It was a similar story for Sturt at Price Memorial Oval, who have also qualified for the Final after batting first and compiling a winning total against Northern Districts. Amelia Rault top-scored with 59 for Sturt, a crucial performance in support of Eliza Bartlett and Beth Worthley who put on 62 for the first wicket. Chloe Frick was sublime with ball in hand for Northern Districts, taking 4/36 from eight overs, including the wickets of Rault and Worthley.
Northern Districts didn’t manage to create a ripple in Sturt’s dominance with the bat, instead falling victim to wonderful bowling from Abbie Cawse and Bailey Vogt, 3/23 and 3/25 respectively, to be bowled out for 114.
Southern District and Sturt will battle for the First Grade title on Sunday 28 March at Park 25 Oval Two.