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: 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: Australian Domestic scene: Luke Pomersbach and Aaron Finch

Luke Pomersbach in action during the 2012/2013 season (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Luke Pomersbach in action during the 2012/2013 season (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

There can be no denying that the depth of talent in Australian cricket is at an all-time high.

From the miserly all-rounders to the top order aggressors, it is hard to miss someone who racks up runs or takes lots of wickets. Continue reading

Cricket: More Than The Pitch: Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers (sourced from ESPN cricinfo)

Chris Rogers (sourced from ESPN cricinfo)

Hard worker?  Check.  Accumulator of runs?  Check.  Australian?  Check.

Chris Rogers has toiled hard for his scores on both Australian and English surfaces.  He has peeled off more than 20,000 runs at First Class level, and has an impressive 60 centuries to his name. Continue reading

Cricket: Players In Focus: James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile

Here’s two players who have been making their mark on the state scene

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Solid without being spectacular, Coulter-Nile has been a valuable asset to both his West Australian state team and the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) Perth Scorchers.

Nathan Coulter Nile (sourced from Google Images)

Nathan Coulter Nile (sourced from Google Images)

Having spent four seasons in the yellow and black of the Warriors outfit, Coulter-Nile uses his 191cm to generate awkward bounce.  No slouch with the bat either, Coulter-Nile hit an enormous six against the Brisbane Heat in the BBL to help secure victory in a rain-affected match. Continue reading

Cricket: Mike Hussey ‘Mr. Cricket’ to retire this Australian summer

Mike Hussey, Boxing Day, 2010 (photo mine)

Mike Hussey, Boxing Day, 2010 (photo mine)

Australian batsman Mike Hussey today announced he would retire at the end of the Australian summer from international cricket.

The 37 year old will be farewelled at the SCG for the 2013 New Year test, and will play the subsequent one-day series before bowing out from the Australian team.

The 78 test veteran (to become 79 in Sydney) told Cricket Australia that he wanted to spend more time with his family, stating that this was the primary trigger for his retirement. Continue reading

Cricket: Victoria v Western Australia: Bushrangers cruise home

Victorian Aaron Finch at the MCG (photo mine)

Overcast skies threatened throughout the whole day, but the rain never eventuated.  Jayde Herrick grabbed five wickets for the Victorian Bushrangers while Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell saw Victoria home by nine wickets against Western Australia Warriors at the MCG.  The game, however, did see Clint McKay go off the ground injured.

The  Warriors looked shaky from the start, opening bowler Clint McKay collecting Warrior opener Liam Davis twice on the hand in the first over.  Darren Pattinson followed suit with a fiery spell, and Western Australia fell to be 3-64, with Davis, Tom Triffit and Sam Whiteman back in the shed.
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