The Northern Tide have been crowned the 2020 TIO Women’s Strike League champions defeating the City Cyclones 2 – 1 in the three-match series.

The Tide took out the opener on Friday night at Cazlays Arena, with impressive starts by Alice Springs based Caitlin Couch 35 (34) and Captain Amber Cloughessy 49 (36). Cyclones young bowler Olivia Pilkington took 2 wickets and Monet Hunter had a cracking night in the field with a brilliant catch and two run outs.

City Cyclones opener, and former SACA player, Jo-Anna Kenney looked right at home with a Round 1 half century, however it wasn’t enough to get her team over the line with Alice Springs Elizabeth Johnson and Matisse Hunter both picking up multiple wickets for the Tide team.

The second game at DXC Arena on Saturday afternoon saw the Tide win the toss and elect to bowl once again. The Cyclones Captain Bronte Stray was dominant with the bat 42(58)* setting the Tide a chase of 119 after their 20 overs.

The start of the Tide innings looked shaky with opener Caitlin Couch out for a duck on the second ball. Jacinta Goodger-Chandler 42(38)* and Amber Cloughessy 55(49) did the hard work for the Tide and Rianna Carlson guided her team to victory with a quick 11(8) got catch the Cyclones in the 15th over.

In the final game of the series played at DXC Arena, the Northern Tide set a run chase of 147 with Amber Cloughessy two runs short of finding her second half century for the competition and Goodger-Chandler with a solid 35(23)*. Cyclones young bowler Olivia Pilkington was on fire taking 4/8(3).

Cyclones Captain lead from the front in the run chase, top scoring for the series with 77(63)* and leading her team a Round 3 victory.

The Cyclones valiant third game effort was too little too late with the Northern Tide winning the 2020 TIO Women’s Strike League 2-1.