Young stars help Victoria keep finals hopes alive

VICTORIA has made it two from two against South Australia in the WNCL this week to continue its late-season push up the ladder.

South Australia was bowled out for 231 on the penultimate ball of its innings before Victoria reached the target with just over two overs to spare and four wickets in hand.

Sent in to bat at Karen Rolton Oval, the Scorpions’ innings was characterised by two major partnerships.

After a very slow start, the tally got a big boost when Bridget Patterson and Courtney Webb put together a 79-run stand.

The second rally came when Webb and Amanda-Jade Wellington combined for a further 84 runs, before a late collapse of 4-10 saw the innings fall a ball short of 50 overs.

Webb was ultimately the top-scorer with 75, while Wellington finished on 67 and Patterson made 47.

It was a day for Victorian bowlers named Sophie, with skipper Molineux picking up two wickets in support of recently crowned domestic player of the year Sophie Day, who claimed 4-42.

The Victorians made a slow but steady start to their response, but it was not until the fourth wicket where things really started to turn in their favour.

Young stars Sophie Reid and Tess Flintoff combined for a 116-run partnership, speeding up the chase in the process.

Although wickets five and six went cheaply, Flintoff and Tayla Vlaeminck got the visitors over the line in the 48th over.

Reid top-scored for Victoria, finishing on 67, while Flintoff finished unbeaten on 55.

Meanwhile for South Australia, Samantha Betts took three wickets, while youngster Eleanor Larosa snared two.

The win sees Victoria move up to third on the WNCL ladder, less than one game outside the all important top two. However, the Vics have played the same number of games as second placed Queensland and two more than ladder leaders Tasmania, so it may ultimately be that they have left their run a little too late.

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