Player of the tournament Brittany Perry from Gawler and tri-sports state athlete Sarah-Jane Jameson from Lewiston played vital roles in the first championship victory by the SA Outbacks.
The SA Outbacks dominated the third annual Australian Country Cricket Championships (ACCC) for women held in Geraldton, Western Australia from January 6 to 13, finishing the minor round with five wins from six games and in second place.
As the side had been through the round robin games, both Perry and Jameson were critical components in the semi-final win.
Batting first at Muir Park on Saturday, South Australia made 5/118 with Perry making the bulk of the runs, top scoring with an unbeaten 74 from 69 balls faced including seven boundaries and a six.
In the field the SA Outbacks were behind the game for the majority of the contest.
Jameson then bowled the critical 19th over of the innings which changed the course of the game.
This penultimate over of the game costs South Australia just two runs and got SA back into the contest Jameson bowled with great control and her six-ball over included five dots.
The SA Outbacks held onto win the game against New South Wales country by eight runs setting up a grand final clash with the Queenslanders.
“Sarah’s over changed the course of the game and got us into the decider,” SA Outbacks Coach Kevin Frick said.
“She bowled with tremendous accuracy and dragged us back into the semi-final.
“It was a pivotal over in the tournament.
“While she didn’t make the team of the championships, Sarah had been selected in a 17-person squad for a proposed game after the champs, for the Australian country team.”
The ACCC women’s grand final was played on Wonthella Oval in stifling 42 degree heat last Saturday January 13.
Sent in to bat, the SA Outbacks made a respectable, but still eminently chaseable total of 108.
Perry was dismissed, caught at mid-wicket for 18 finishing the tournament with the batting trophy, after making 372 runs at an outstanding average of 62 including a century and a trio of fifties
At the presentations that concluded the tournament Perry who took 12 catches in the field was also the fielder of the championships.
In the grand final Jameson again performed tremendously with the ball.
She took two critical early wickets as the Queensland side were reeling at 4/17.
They would finish on 7/94, giving the SA Outbacks a 14-run grand final triumph.
Jameson, who play her cricket with the Kensington Browns and is a highly respected Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association A grade football umpire.
She dominated with 10 wickets for the tournament at an impressive average of 12.1 and a strike rate of a wicket every 18 balls bowled.
In the final she finished with the excellent figures of 2/17 from her four over allotment and her best figures for the tournament were 3/18 in the round robin game against NSW.
Across the three years of the ACCC women’s division Perry has been the dominant batter.
In 2016, in Mount Gambier, where SA were runner up to East Asia Pacific, Perry made 223 runs at 44.6, while last January, in Wollongong, she made 290 runs, averaging 58.