On a perfect Sunday morning season 2017/18 got under way for the Women’s A Grade with a T20 on Parkinson Oval against West Torrens.
Women’s A Grade T20s have changed to 11 a side this season- yes, they have been 9 a side previously. This had been to cover the absence of players with WNCL duties, but with program changes this is no longer such an issue, so the competition was being played with a full complement for the first time.
Amelie Green came in to the XI, making her A Grade debut for the club.
We lost the toss, and West Torrens chose to bat. They made a steady start, but some tight bowling saw them lose 2 early wickets. However, this brought former Australian player Lauren Ebsary to the crease and she was hitting the ball well, scoring 25 from 21 balls faced, including a huge 6. She didn’t look bothered by the bowlers, and it took a brilliant piece of fielding by Bridget Patterson with a direct hit, finding her a metre short of her ground. From this point their scoring rate slowed, and they posted 5/110 from their 20 overs. Best of the bowlers was Sarah Lowe with 3/14 from 4 overs.
Openers Bridget Patterson and Eliza Doddridge got the side off to a flying start. They looked like they were keen for an early lunch. Eliza was out for 35 from 26 balls (6 @ 4s) in the 7th over, having put on an opening stand of 56. Bridget then took over the hitting, compiling 33 from 29 (2@ 4, 1@6). After 10 overs we were 1/86 and looking well placed. A couple of quick wickets, losing 3/1, slowed the scoring rate, but we passed the West Torrens total 4 wickets down in the 17th over for a comfortable win. And the early lunch!