South Australia 7 for 264 (Taylor 110, Patterson 74) beat New South Wales 210 (Stalenberg 58, Wellington 2-34) by 54 runs
A century from Sarah Taylor helped South Australia to victory in the final of the Women's National Cricket League and ended New South Wales' 10-year hold on the trophy. Taylor made a rapid 110 from 106 balls while Bridget Patterson anchored the innings with 76 as South Australia took the game away from the defending champions.
In reply, none of the vaunted NSW top order could muster a substantial contribution. They were 112 for 6 before Naomi Stalenberg swung the bat for 58 from 38 balls but the Breakers were eventually dismissed for 210 with four overs left unbowled.
Taylor, the England wicketkeeper, has made headlines for appearing in men's club cricket while in Australia and she sparkled at Hurstville Oval, winning the Player of the Match award. She was at the crease in the fourth over and struck 14 fours during a stand of 181 with Patterson; wickets fell regularly after Taylor's dismissal and although the platform had been laid for a more substantial score, 7 for 264 proved to be plenty.
The Australia trio of Alyssa Heally, Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry managed 63 runs between them as NSW stalled early in their chase. The highest partnership of the innings was 51 between Stalenberg and Nicola Carey for the seventh wicket.
Former NSW bowler Sarah Coyte finished with 1 for 24 from 10 overs and all six of the Scorpions bowlers picked up wickets, to give South Australia, who had finished second to NSW during the group stage, their first success in the 50-over competition. NSW had won 17 out of 19 titles since the WNCL was established in 1996.
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