The NSW Breakers made it five wins from five as they brushed aside the SA Scorpions by 129 runs in the Women's National Cricket League on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Breakers made 6-221 from their 50 overs, while in reply they skittled the South Australians for a paltry 92 from 40 overs.
The Breakers would have been slightly rattled to lose Leah Poulton (12 from 19) from the bowling of Megan Schutt with the score at 1-16 in the fifth over.
However Alex Blackwell (51 off 100 balls) and Alyssa Healy (19 off 26) steadied the ship for the Breakers with the pair putting on 46 runs for the second wicket and forming a foundation for the rest of their innings.
Nicola Carey (37 off 44) and Kara Sutherland (33 off 38) provided another important partnership, piling on 48 runs for the sixth wicket before Claire Koski (20 off 13) joined Sutherland at the crease to ensure the Breakers posted an imposing 221.
The Scorpions got their chase off to the worst possible start with Australian international Sharon Millanta picking up Tegan McPharlin in third over for just two.
Alex Price (10 off 33) and Lauren Ebsary (13 off 29) steadied the Scorpions ship without troubling the scorers a great deal in the face of some good bowling from Millanta especially, but their good work was undone in the 11th over when Millanta picked up Ebsary caught at short fine leg.
From there the home side collapsed, losing a further six wickets for just 23 runs with Sarah Aley and Angela Reakes picking up two wickets each along the way, leaving the Scorpions on 8-53 after 25 overs.
Samantha Betts (12 from 63) and Jakarra Hill (18 from 34) offered the only resistance of the Scorpions innings with a ninth-wicket partnership of 38 runs before Reaves ended the contest, picking up Betts and Kiara Stockley (0) in the 40th over to wrap up the contest.
The win was the Breakers fifth of the year as they go into Christmas undefeated while the Scorpions are stranded on just one victory.
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First Posted 22 December, 2012 5:43PM AEST