Northern Districts century-makers Tabitha Saville, Samantha Betts, Tegan McPharlin and Darcie Brown in front of Northern Districts' possible world record 50-over total. Picture: Supplied
Northern Districts century-makers Tabitha Saville, Samantha Betts, Tegan McPharlin and Darcie Brown in front of Northern Districts' possible world record 50-over total. Picture: Supplied

Howzat! SA women’s team blasts biggest score... ever

AN ADELAIDE women's cricket team has blasted what is believed to be a world record score in a 50-over match - 3/596.

Northern Districts had four players make centuries as it whacked 64 fours and three sixes against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval on Sunday.

Jets captain and long-time Scorpions star Tegan McPharlin topscored with 136 off 80 balls, fellow SA player Sam Betts added 124 off 71, while Tabitha Saville (120 off 56) and 15-year-old Darcie Brown (117 off 84) compiled their first hundreds.

The highest score in a 50-over international match is 6/481, posted by England's men versus Australia in Nottingham in June.

Grade cricketers Tegan McPharlin, Eliza Bartlett, Sarah Lowe, Jess Joseph, Jess O’Reilly and Erin Offord before the start of the season. Picture: Matt Loxton.
Grade cricketers Tegan McPharlin, Eliza Bartlett, Sarah Lowe, Jess Joseph, Jess O’Reilly and Erin Offord before the start of the season. Picture: Matt Loxton.

The biggest in a 50-over first-class game is Surrey's men's 4/496 against Gloucestershire in 2007.

McPharlin said Port, which fielded just 10 players and was without Australian leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington who was in India on international duties, was clearly understrength but her team played a near-perfect innings.

"It was unreal to make a score like that," said McPharlin, a wicketkeeper.

"It's a little bit ridiculous to do that in a one-day game."

Port bowled 88 extras, including 75 wides.

McPharlin said she did not get too excited about her hundred because of the quality of the weakened opposition but she was thrilled for Saville and Brown making their maiden centuries.

Jets women's cricket director Jeanette Beazleigh said "90 per cent" of the innings featured good strokeplay, rather than slogging.

"A few of us were wondering if it was a world record or whatever - it's definitely a club record and we're pretty sure it's a SACA (SA Cricket Association) record," Beazleigh said.

"The club is excited.

"It was good to watch.

"You can have poor bowling but if you don't play disciplined cricket, you're still not going to get the runs."

In reply, Port Adelaide was all out for 25 in 10.5 overs - after only eight players batted.

One retired hurt and its top scorer, Pratibha Kapoor, made nine.

Last weekend Southern District made a club record 9/415 in a 50-over match against Port.

"If that's what we're going to come up against, we're still going to put in our best performance," McPharlin said.

"That was our best performance."

McPharlin said she was almost left to rue batting first after winning the toss because bad weather threatened to have the match called off.

"Rains came less than an hour after our game finished - it bucketed down," she said.

"We were lucky."

Comment is being sought from Port Adelaide and the SACA.

 

BIGGEST SCORES IN ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

 

England vs Australia (2018) - 481-6

England vs Pakistan (2016) - 444-3

Sri Lanka vs Netherlands (2006) - 443-9

South Africa vs West Indies (2015) - 439-2

South Africa vs Australia (2006) - 438-9

South Africa vs India (2015) - 438-4