The final round of the Premier League Women’s Kookaburra Cup was a dramatic one, with some incredible record smashing batting setting the stage for an exciting round of cricket. All eyes now turn to the Grand Final, February 23rd at Blundstone Arena.
University retained their spot at the top of Group A, with a convincing win over New Town at University Oval. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, New Town struggled against a fiery University bowling attack, with opener Emily Mifsud (25) and middle order bat Frances Sullivan (22) the only players to post a decent score for the Bucks, to post a final total of all out for 149. Dharshia Srinivas, M Blazely and SK Moloney all starred for University taking two wickets a piece. University chased down the total in less than half of the overs available, Ashley Day smashing 82 from 57 deliveries, and Sasha K Moloney continuing her form with 47 from 29.
Clarence claimed maximum points due to Lindisfarne having to forfeit due to unavailability of players, however were unable to pass Uni for a Grand Final berth.
In Pool B Kingborough continued their unbeaten streak in the Kookaburra Cup, making a powerful statement about their finals intentions at Kingston Twin Ovals. North Hobart won the toss and chose to bat first, getting to a strong start as opener Stefanie G Daffara knocked a steadfast 38, with the remainder of the top and middle order posting minor scores. However, a bottom order collapse at the hands of some superb bowling by Nikki Carter (4/23) and Lauren J Hepburn 3/23) saw North Hobart all out for 158, unable to bat out their overs. Kingborough came out of the sheds swinging, Emily Divin smashing an unbeaten 70 from 86 to lead the charge. Strong performances from Brooke Hepburn (29) and Bonnie H Davies (23) allowed the home side to chase down the target with over ten overs to spare, guaranteeing them a Grand Final appearance.
At KGV Oval, South Hobart/Sandy Bay took down Glenorchy on the back of some sensational batting by Corinne Hall and Beth Dodd, whose unbeaten partnership of 328 proved to be the batting performance of the season thus far. Hall’s 157 from 104 deliveries, and Dodd’s 125 off 99 was a record breaking performance and annihilated any hope of a Glenorchy victory as the Sharks cruised to a massive score of 2/362. Glenorchy faced an uphill battle from the outset, dominant bowling performances by Beth Dodd (3/10) and Linsey Da Costa (3/5) knocking over the home side for 66 off 18 overs.
University of Tasmania 1/150(cc) (A Day 82* SK Moloney 47*) def. New Town 149 (E Mifsud 25 SK Moloney 2/13 D Srinivas 2/21 M Blazely 2/25)
Kingborough 2/161(cc) (E Divin 70* B Hepburn 29) def. North Hobart 158 (SG Daffara 38 N Carter 4/23 LJ Hepburn 3/23)
Glenorchy 66 (L Da Costa 3/5 B Dodd 3/10) def by. South Hobart Sandy Bay 2/362(cc) (C Hall 157* B Dodd 125*)