After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Victorians may have been questioning their decision slightly when they found themselves sitting at 7-36 in the 18th over.  With their top seven batters all back in the sheds – and only Rhiann O’Donnell reaching double figures, with a score of 10 off 34 – things out at Shepley Oval were looking rather dyer for the home side.

It was the spinners who bamboozled the Victorian top order, taking eight of the 10 wickets on offer.  Maisy Gibson absolutely annihilated the Vics, finishing with figures of 5-19 off her 10 overs, whilst Sasha Moloney chipped in with three of her own, also bowling out and finishing with figures of 3-26.

Victoria’s bowlers impressively rallied for their side with the bat, with their bottom four listed batters actually going on to make the four highest scores of the innings.  Teenager, Rhys McKenna, top-scored for the Vics with the bat with a score of 33 off 49, whilst spinner Sophie Day finished not out on 27 off 71.

In the end, Victoria batted out their entire 50 overs, losing their 10th wicket on their final ball of the innings for a total of 130.

As Rachel Priest and Emma Mannix-Geeves strode out to bat they showed a cautious optimism, requiring 2.6 runs an over for Victoria.  The pair got away comfortably, with Priest smashing three boundaries, before being caught behind off the bowling of Tess Flintoff for 27.

Elyse Villani was next in, and had a relatively short stay at the crease by her standards, after being caught by Kim Garth off the bowling of Sam Bates.

Emma Manix-Geeves top-scored for the Tigers with a well-made 37, whilst Corinne Hall (35*) and Naomi Stalenberg (10*) finished not out, as the Tigers racked up a bonus point victory, reaching the required target in 32 overs.

The squad will return to Tasmania tomorrow, with the location of the Final yet to be confirmed by Cricket Australia.

Regardless of results from hereon in, the 2021-22 Tasmanian WNCL squad will go down as the Tasmania’s most successful one to date, with no Tasmanian team having finished higher than third since the competition’s inception.