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Vics keep final dream alive, knock off Scorpions

Half-centuries to Sophie Reid and Tess Flintoff led Victoria to an important win over South Australia

South Australia v Victoria | WNCL

Victoria have kept their hopes of making the Women’s National Cricket League final alive with a four-wicket win over South Australia.

After bowling the Scorpions out for 231 at Karen Rolton Oval, Sophie Reid (67 off 80) and Tess Flintoff (55no off 73) led the way as the Vics reached their target with 14 balls to spare.

Needing to bounce back from a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to the same opponent at Adelaide Oval on Monday, South Australia fought back from 5-111 to post a competitive total.

Each of the Victoria top three made starts without being able to kick on, with Sophie Molineux (34 off 43) dismissed by debutant Eleanor Larosa, Nicole Faltum falling to leggie Anesu Mushangwe and Meg Lanning bowled by Sam Betts.

But Reid and Flintoff combined in a 116-run stand to put the Victorians well on their way, and while the departure of Reid in the 45th over, and the back-to-back dismissals of Ella Hayward (2) and Georgia Prestwidge (0) put pressure on the visitors, Tayla Vlaeminck (6no) joined Flintoff to seal the win.

Earlier, Courtney Webb (75 off 104) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (67 off 59) helped the Scorpions out of trouble.

Left-arm spinners Sophie Day (4-42) and Molineux (2-35) led the way with the ball for Victoria.

The defeat almost extinguishes South Australia’s hopes of making a third consecutive WNCL final, while Victoria face a challenging final round against ladder leaders Tasmania.

WNCL 2023-24 standings

Team
Matches played
M
Wins
W
Losses
L
Ties
T
No results
N/R
Net Run Rate
NRR
Deductions
Ded.
Batting Bonus
Bat
Total points
PTS
1 Tasmanian Tigers Women Tasmanian Tigers Women TAS 12 9 2 0 1 0.98 0 5 43
2 Queensland Fire Queensland Fire QLD 12 8 3 0 1 1.224 0 7 41
3 Victoria Women Victoria Women VIC 12 7 5 0 0 0.013 0 4 32
4 Western Australia Women Western Australia Women WA 12 6 6 0 0 -0.113 0 4 28
5 NSW Women NSW Women NSW 12 6 6 0 0 -0.105 0 2 26
6 South Australia Scorpions South Australia Scorpions SA 12 4 8 0 0 -0.063 0 3 19
7 ACT Meteors ACT Meteors ACT 12 1 11 0 0 -2.006 0 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

Bat: Batting Bonus

PTS: Total points