Over-by-over from the match at Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Cracking game. Proof that limited overs cricket doesn’t need to be high scoring tall the time. A lively surface and stinking hot conditions turned this into a scrap from the get-go with ball dominating bat for the most part throughout the 32 overs after a delayed start. That serves to underline what a clutch hand it was from Suzie Bates, who was never flustered. A class act.
Actually, Bates has done it so tough out there that she can’t talk to the media after play. Fair enough. Deserves a giant bottle of water and long rest. And would you believe it: Adelaide are top of the ladder! From bottom last year to a legitimate chance of winning it all this time around. Great story. Go you good things.
Schutt takes on Nat Sciver at mid-on who had more than enough time to collect, throw and run out the new batsman at the non-strikers’ end to push the game to the final ball, but she fumbles! It’s game over! Bates absolutely outstanding, 49 not out from 47 in the searing heat. A huge win for her side.