South Santo Butterflies (Pink) and Rusties (Orange). Photo: VCA

South Santo Butterflies (Pink) and Rusties (Orange). Photo: VCA

The Santo Hardware – Forney Enterprise Santo Women’s T20 Super league concluded its round 3 matches today yesterday at the Santo cricket ground.

The South Santo Butterflies remain undefeated after defeating the Rusties by 82 runs in the afternoon match of the day while the Malampa Eagles secured their first win of the competition against the Santo Eastern Steelers by just 12 runs.

Over the course of the tournament, the talent and skills from the women and girls on Santo has improved contributing to the higher and exciting standard of play from all teams and the standings at the end of this round will determine the semi final fixtures for Thursday December 17th.

In the morning match, the Santo Eastern Steeler took on the Malampa Eagles after winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

Rachel Andrew stepped up to the crease and scored 56 runs to hold her team together against a strong Steelers bowling attack. Susan Vuti from the Steelers took three wickets and was the star with the ball in the first inning.

Having only scored 99 runs before being bowled all out, the Eagles had their work cut out for them as they embarked to defend the 100 runs target against the Steelers. The Steelers, hoping to secure their second win, looked very well in the game and were favoured for the win with Selina Solman (32 runs) and Netty Chilia (22 runs) holding a partnership which sent balls all over the park. The Eagles retaliated with a constant fall of wickets as Lizzie Avock and Rachel Andrew took control of the ball each taking 3 wickets each to seal their 12 runs victory over the Steelers.

Lizzie Avock was awarded the Forney Enterprise player of the match for her outstanding performance with the ball.

In the afternoon match, South Santo Butterflies were sent it to bat first by the Rusties who had hoped to limit them to a low total that would be easy to chase.

Butterflies had other plans as Mahina Tarimiala (91 runs) and Florence Pisiroi (9 runs) held their partnership for almost the entire power play before Florence was dismissed.

Emma Karairu (5 runs) entered the creased and supported Tarimiala as they went on to create the longest and biggest partnership of the competition worth 83 runs. At the end of their inning, Mahina Tarimiala, finished with 91 runs, the highest individual score of the competition, and the Butterflies finished with 3/160, the highest total scored by any team in the Santo Hardware – Forney Enterprise Santo Women’s T20 Super League.

The Rusties, having chased 155 runs in their first match were comfortable with the total and were determined to chase the 161 target to win. However, they could not get past the Butterflies’ bowling led by captain, Denise Pisiroi, who took 4 wickets for 4 runs off 2.3 overs followed by Ruth Kaltongga and Melissa Fare who took 3 wickets each. Butterflies’ fielding and bowling sealed their third win of the competition as they defeated the Rusties by 82 runs.

Denise Pisiroi’s leadership and bowling earned her the Santo Hardware player of the afternoon match.

At the conclusion of the round matches, the competition will proceed into the Semi final matches on Thursday December 17 to determine who will be playing in the grand final for the title of the inaugural Santo Hardware – Forney Enterprises Santo Women’s T20 Super League on Friday December 18.

With the teams now seeded on the standings table the semi-finals fixture is as follows.

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