de Broughe bash brings Scorpions two-peat

A PERSONAL best Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) knock from South Australia young gun Emma de Broughe has guided the Scorpions to an 86-run win over Western Australia on Tuesday. The result means SA has gone two from two in three days against its Western adversary.

Batting first at Karen Rolton Oval, the 21-year-old top scored with 93 (107) after being dropped in the slips cordon on four. She brought up her 50 with a stylish ramp shot, but her dismissal was far from that, looping an edge outside leg to WA keeper Maddy Darke.

Her 135-run partnership with Courtney Webb (61 off 65) set up the Scorpions’ innings, but it was not all smooth sailing. The home side lost three wickets in three overs to go from 2-201 to 5-212, with the run rate lingering around five per over. Enter Annie O’Neil at six, whose late flourish of 48 (37) helped SA edge towards 300.

Kate Peterson‘s 26no also helped, as did Ellie Falconer‘s six off the final ball of the innings – the first she has faced. The Scorpions fell just short of the run-a-ball mark, setting WA 297 to win. Georgia Wyllie‘s two wickets in the middle overs gave the Sandgropers a sniff, and she finished with team-best figures of 2-49. Elsewhere, Amy Edgar was economical with her 1-30 off 10, as one of just two WA bowlers to go under six runs an over.

The visitors’ chase started promisingly, as they fell a run short of matching SA’s opening stand (43 runs). WA struggled to accelerate the run rate without losing wickets, with five players getting starts of over 20, but no one besting Charis Bekker‘s rear guard of 36no (45).

Maia Bouchier (35 off 39) formed a key partnership with Edgar (33 off 44) in the middle order, but the pair’s stance of 61 was not enough to get their side back in the game. Despite the former being dropped twice in the deep, her wicket brought about Edgar’s dismissal soon after, and there was no way back from there as WA fell for 210 in the 47th over.

Backing up her five-wicket haul on Sunday, SA quick Samantha Betts swept through the tail to snare 3-29 off 8.1 overs, with Peterson also nabbing three poles in her 10 overs. The Scorpions were electric in the field, headlined by a theatrical catch from Kate Dooley to dismiss Mathilda Carmichael, and a slick stumping from Tegan McPharlin to help Peterson dislodge Molly Healy for two.

Joining the NSW Breakers in the unbeaten ranks, SA is sitting pretty in second place. Both sides will travel to Sydney for respective bouts on Sunday. The Scorpions will face Queensland, while WA prepares to take on Tasmania.

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