Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry started her summer like a dream, scoring a century unbeaten in Victoria’s WNCL opener against South Australia in Adelaide.
The 31-year-old netted 117 at Karen Rolton Oval on Friday, combining with young gun Annabel Sutherland for a partnership record 209 runs for the third wicket as Victoria recorded 2/264 of their 50 overs.
It was Victoria’s highest third-wicket partnership in the WNCL, the fourth highest in the competition’s history.
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Sutherland reminisced on her first WNCL century in the final of Victoria’s innings, knocking her Australian teammate Tahlia McGrath to the ground for her fourth six of the day.
The 20-year-old, who has represented Australia 22 times since making her international debut two years ago, hit the treble on 96 deliveries, finishing unbeaten on 110 of 101 balls.
The visitors were in dire straits early on when South Australian captain Megan Schutt pulled out rival skipper Sophie Molineux for a duck in the game’s first leg.
Molineux was dropped, but replays suggest the southpaw may have missed the Kookaburra.
Perry and Makinley Blows steadied the ship with a 55-point partnership before the latter was fired by Scorpions tailor Ellie Falconer for 23-18.
But everything was one-sided from there.
Highest third-wicket partnership in WNCL history
232 – Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry, NSW v ACT (2015)
228 – Alex Blackwell and Lisa Shalekar, NSW v WA (2010)
210* – Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne, QLD vs TAS (2021)
209* – Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland, VIC vs. SA (2022)
Perry was unable to play in the offseason due to a stress fracture in his lower back, which allowed him to focus on developing his stick.
“I really enjoyed the off season back home in Australia and got a chance to work on some things, especially my stick while I wasn’t bowling,” she told news.com .au at last summer’s cricket launch from Kayo. the week.
“I was very lucky to have a lot of help from my dad, who I’ve been hitting balls with since I was a little kid.
“It was really nice to hit a lot of balls and figure out some things, which is always a lot of fun and definitely keeps you going.”
McGrath was the hero in the chase, shooting an unbeaten 111 to help South Australia chase down the 267-point target with three balls to spare.
The 26-year-old hit three straight sixes in the final, delivered by none other than Sutherland, to secure a famous win for South Australia.
McGrath hit seven limits and four sixes in the thrilling chase, with Victorian spinners Sophie Day and Molineux each taking two wickets.
Elsewhere in the WNCL, Western Australian leg spinner Alana King rocked the ACT Meteors in Perth, taking 5/12 from eight overs at WACA.
The talented tweaker ran through the ACT middle order, delivering four youngsters to help topple the visitors for 143 on Friday.
Meteors opener Rebecca Carter had the top score for the Meteors, while West Australian seamstress Amy Edgar captured two wickets.
Originally published as Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland share record partnership in WNCL opener