The Hunter’s southern duo played major roles in Tasmania’s first victories of the 2019/20 Women’s National Cricket League campaign, as Maisy Gibson mopped up the Scorpions in their first meeting, before Corrine Hall fired off 68 the next day.
The Tigers had struggled in their early run-out in September, falling to Western Australia by 16 runs before being outgunned by the Harris sisters Laura (51 runs) and Grace (three wickets) on both fronts in their duel with Queensland.
Nearly two months later, after the national competition broke for the Women’s Big Bash League, the Tigers have returned to winning ways with a 2–0 triumph over South Australia in a double-header Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.
It was Gibson that stepped up to the plate in the opening clash on Saturday afternoon, carving a path through the Scorpions with three wickets and a tight economy of 4.6 across her nine innings. She combined with Tassie all-rounder Meg Phillips, who added three of her own wickets to keep South Australia to a decent 172.
Nicola Carey did the most damage with the bat as the Tigers chased down the home side, notching 64 before she was finally caught out by Alex Price. Hall and Gibson finished the Tuesday run-down with 23* and 5* respectively.
The two teams returned to the field the following day to play out their second one-day battle, and this time it was Hall who high-scored for the Tigers as they marched to their second, much-needed, victory of the season.
South Australia opened the batting again, and this time Samantha Betts’ 59 was able to guide them to a stronger 7-242 before they cleared their 50 overs.
The Tigers hit a snag early as Tuesday’s batting hero Carey tumbled for just seven, but Hall (68) and Phillips (64) were able to pick up the slack. Sasha Maloney added a key 30, before Gibson (29*) and Brooke Hepburn (4*) clinched victory.
Dora Creek star Hall was named player of the match for her efforts.
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Tasmania’s head coach Salliann Briggs said she was happy with the “clinical bowling display” the team showed as they stemmed South Australia’s batting tide, and pointed to Gibson and Phillips as “key” for the attack.
“We stuck to our plans and backed up effectively in the field,” she said, and added praise for their batting innings too. “To chase down 172 within 40 overs [on Tuesday] to gain the additional bonus point will help with confidence leading into the next games.”
The 2–0 victory in Adelaide also fires Tasmania up the WNCL ladder, dropping them right into the nine-point glut alongside Gibson’s former side the defending champions NSW, and Victoria. Both teams have also collected two wins.
The Tigers next welcome ladder-rivals Victoria to the TCA Ground in Hobart on January 21, before facing them again in the double-header on January 23.