Scorpions sting reaches semi-finals of the WNCL

Skipper Lauren Ebsary hits down the ground v ACT (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Skipper Lauren Ebsary hits down the ground v ACT (photo: Davis Harrigan)

South Australian Scorpions captain Lauren Ebsary has taken her troops to a semi-final against the Queensland Fire on Friday, January 23, but it hasn’t always been an easy task, says the skipper.

South Australia’s last crack at the WNCL finals came in 2008-2009, where they were runners up to New South Wales in a washout game.  The team, the mentality, and the performances have improved out of sight since then. Continue reading

Cricket: Saying goodbye to a little champion personally

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Tributes for Phil Hughes left outside the South Entrance at the Adelaide Oval (photo: Davis Harrigan)

It has been one of the most emotional weeks of cricket during my lifetime.

I did not know the man Phillip Hughes – aka “Hughesy” or “Boof” – but I saw him play many times live and on TV.  The situation that unfolded this week, bringing the cricket world to a standstill, truly hit home when I attended a women’s Twenty20 game between the South Australia Scorpions and the Australian Capital Territory Meteors on Friday, at Adelaide Oval No. 2, behind the spectacular main ground. Continue reading

Cricket: Matador Cup sophomore season

Victoria celebrate a wicket at Blacktown (photo: Getty Images)

Victoria celebrate a wicket at Blacktown (photo: Getty Images)

We’re coming to the end of the first competition of the Australian domestic cricket season, and, after two seasons in operation, the applause has been evident.

While there are some pointed flaws, and sparse crowds, the TV audiences and quality of cricket that has been on show continues to grow.  The decision to move the competition from Fox Sports across to free-to-air channel GEM last year paid dividends. Continue reading

Cricket: Sting in the Scorpions’ tail

Lauren Ebsary in action for the Scorpions (photo: Cricket SA)

Lauren Ebsary in action for the Scorpions (photo: Cricket SA)

The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s Twenty20 (WT20) kick off on the weekend of October 10-12, and the Scorpions are preparing for a competitive and confident season.

Captain Lauren Ebsary is no stranger to the big stage, and is preparing the squad for their first match against the Victoria Spirit at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on October 10.  Continue reading

Cricket: Australian Domestic scene: Doug Bollinger and Ben Laughlin

Doug Bollinger in action during the 2013 Ryobi Cup (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Doug Bollinger in action during the 2013 Ryobi Cup (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

They both play for the same Big Bash League team, the Hobart Hurricanes.  When it comes to the two longer forms of the domestic game, the left-arm and right-arm quick respectively are on opposing sides.

Enter New South Welshman Doug Bollinger, and Tasmanian Ben Laughlin.  One steams in with sheer determination, the other bowls extremely well at the death of 20 over and 50 over matches.

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Cricket: The Ryobi Cup: Current Rundown

Victorian Bushrangers players celebrate after a wicket in the Ryobi Cup (photo: cricket.com.au)

Victorian Bushrangers players celebrate after a wicket in the Ryobi Cup (photo: cricket.com.au)

Talk to Australian cricket fans this season and they are well divided over the domestic structure.  However, the much more condensed one day competition has its benefits as we get ever closer to the Cricket World Cup.

Playing all 36 games over the space of the month lets two things happen; there is a sole focus on red ball cricket for the majority of the season, and this is a great advantage to those players looking for a spot in the test team. Continue reading

Cricket: Under The Microscope: Sydney Sixers

Sydney Sixers logo (sourced from Google Images)

Inaugural Big Bash League and Champions League Twenty20 winners, the Sydney Sixers are on top of the Twenty20 world right now.

Demonstrating a balance of excellent batting, bowling and fielding, the Sixershave displayed the mantra that is needed to succeed in the shortest form of the game.

The Sixers have signed a squad for BBL|02 that is full of young talent and experienced players.  After their two tournament wins, can they raise the Big Bash League silverware again?  We will find out, starting December 8.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the players that will be donning Sixers pink this summer: Continue reading

Cricket: Players In Focus: Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc

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Mitchell Starc

Australia has seen many ups and downs since the 2007 Ashes series when the greats Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Damien

Martyn all retired.  Spinners have been tried, tested, then subsequently “trashed”, batsman have come and gone, and the team has slid slightly in international rankings.

It isn’t all doom and gloom, however.  We’re now seeing the next bunch of future stars grace the biggest stage of cricket.  And they’re making an enormous impact.

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Cricket: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: team in focus: NSW Speedblitz Blues

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Bupa Sheffield Shield: 5th

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 3rd

The Blues have some impressive players on their squad list: Michael Clarke, Mitchell Starc, Brad Haddin, Doug Bollinger.  Unfortunately, these are also Australian contracted players.  However, the likes of wily medium pacer Trent Copeland, speedster Patrick Cummins, and wicketekeeper/batsman Peter Nevill, there is a lot to like about this young squad. Continue reading