Three-hundred and sixty-eight days since their last match, South Australia hope forecast rain won’t spoil the party when they finally begin their 50-over domestic season in Canberra.
The Scorpions are set to kick off their Women’s National Cricket League campaign against Tasmania on Friday, ending a seemingly never-ending wait for the start of a season that has been delayed three times due to COVID19 border closures.
Brushing aside forecasts warning of up to 30mm of rain in the nation’s capital on Friday, South Australia coach Luke Williams said his new-look playing group were simply hoping to quickly jell once they do take the field.
“We’re itching to get back out there with the delays in getting the competition started,” Williams told.
“We can’t wait to get started and hopefully put things thing in place we’ve been working on since June.”
After a 2018-19 campaign that yielded just one win, Williams hopes the addition of spinner Jemma Barsby and rising wicketkeeping star Josie Dooley from Queensland, and middle-order batter Courtney Webb from Tasmania will bolster a squad of strong local talent.
“We were really keen after a tough season last season to add some quality players and quality people to our group,” Williams said of the decision to recruit the interstate trio.
“They’ve fitted in fantastically both on and off the field and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can achieve with South Australia and hopefully push for higher honors.”
Contract list: Jemma Barsby, Sam Betts, Darcie Brown, Emma De Broughe, Eliza Doddridge, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Brooke Harris, Tahlia McGrath* Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Megan Schutt*, Courtney Webb, Amanda-Jade Wellington
In: Jemma Barsby (Queensland), Josie Dooley (Queensland), Courtney Webb (Tasmania), Brooke Harris
Out: Shae Daley, Stacey Oates, Tabatha Saville
Key player to step up
“Someone we think can really step up again this year is Amanda-Jade Wellington with the bat.
“She’s really well known for her leg-spin bowling and we’ve seen glimpses of her batting before, she’s got a WNCL hundred and some runs in the WBBL, but Amanda’s worked really hard at her batting through the last few months.
“We’re hoping that hard work pays off with some increased consistency and being able to really influence matches for us with the bat.”
Total Fixtures –
- February 5 v Tasmania, EPC Solar Park, Canberra
- February 7 v ACT Meteors, EPC Solar Park, Canberra
- February 20 v Queensland, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
- February 23 v Victoria, Junction Oval
- February 28 v New South Wales, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
- March 3 v Western Australia, WACA Ground
- March 19 v Tasmania, EPC Solar Park, Canberra
- March 21 v ACT Meteors, EPC Solar Park, Canberra