THE 2022/23 Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season is just around the corner, and in anticipation of the new season we are going to take a look at each of the competing teams and where they sit heading into the new season.
Next up in our preview series is South Australia.
Despite not quite going all the way last season, 2021/22 can still be classed as quite a success for the South Australians.
For a team that has been around the middle of the pack for such a long time, to be able to finally make another Grand Final appearance after so many years is a huge achievement for the Scorpions.
They made the final against Tasmania, but unfortunately fell well short in a nine wicket loss.
Looking ahead to this season, and there have been a few changes to the Scorpions side.
The biggest name of their three inclusions is Madeline Penna, who has come across from the ACT.
She is powerful batter and emerging leg spinner, who has been playing for Adelaide’s WBBL team, the Strikers, for the past few seasons.
South Australia’s other two additions for the 2022/23 season are both youth-focussed.
Ella Wilson is a fast bowling allrounder who is also the state’s Under 19 captain, while Paris Hall is a top order batter from the local Premier Cricket competition.
The trio replace quite a lot of experience left by the players the Scorpions have lost.
The biggest name of the departures is Tegan McPharlin, who has retired after 15 years of service to South Australia in the form of 86 games for the Scorpions.
Alex Price has also been around a long time, but unfortunately was delisted alongside Eliza Doddridge.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2022/23 SQUAD
Ins: Madeline Penna (ACT), Ella Wilson, Paris Hall
Outs: Tegan McPharlin (retired), Alex Price (delisted), Eliza Doddridge (delisted)
Contract list: Jemma Barsby, Sam Betts, Darcie Brown, Emma de Broughe, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Paris Hall, Brooke Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Kate Peterson, Megan Schutt, Courtney Webb, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella Wilson