Tasmania's women have recommenced their WNCL campaign with a bang, defeating the South Australian Scorpions by five wickets in Adelaide.
The home side appeared to be cruising at 3-153 before Suzie Bates (40) was dismissed and the Tasmanian bowlers began their demolition, claiming 7-19 to have the South Australians in the sheds for 172.
Opener Bridget Patterson top scored for the Scorpions with 41 but it was the duo of Meg Phillips and Maisy Gibson that tore the game apart, claiming 3-17 and 3-42 respectively to lead the way in the collapse.
Phillips then turned to opening the batting for the Tigers, getting the side off to a solid start before being dismissed for a run-a-ball 14.
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Debutant Hollie Armitage was dismissed for the same score overs later before Australian international Nicola Carey, also on Tigers debut, and Emma Thompson-Flint fell 19 runs short of a century stand for the third wicket.
Carey notched up 64 off 91 balls while Thompson-Flint scored 33 off 55 with Corinne Hall (23* off 26 balls) and Gibson (five off five) seeing the Tigers over the line.
The victory marks the Tigers' first for the season following two September defeats at the hands of Queensland Fire before the inaugural stand-alone WBBL.
Hostilities will be renewed between the Scorpions and the Tigers on Thursday, with the away side looking to further the points gap between the two.
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