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Rolton dominates Adelaide grand final

Submitted by rickeyre on April 5, 2002 - 4:00pm

Australian all-rounder Karen Rolton dominated the South Australian Women's Cricket Association A grade grand final on 23 and 24 March as Port Adelaide won its second consecutive title.

Rolton, arguably the world's best female cricketer at this time, smashed 201 not out as Port crushed the Northern Districts Jets by the margin of 254 runs in the two-day season finale at the Women's Memorial Playing Fields, St Marys.

Port Adelaide, batting first, accumulated 5/400 declared, before the Jets were bundled out for 146. Rolton's double century followed an unbeaten 144 in the semi-final the previous weekend against Goodwood. In that game, Goodwood were dismissed for 135, Rolton taking 3/18, before Port posted 5/227.

In addition to Rolton, the Port Adelaide side contains four other members of the Southern Scorpions' National League squad - Jo-Anna Kenney, January Jackowiak, Emma Sampson and Caroline Johnston.

Despite their humbling experience in the A grade grand final, it was a good weekend for Northern Districts, with all three grade teams making it to the climactic game. The B graders were successful, beating Port Adelaide by 66 runs on the first innings, however C grade went down to Flinders University by eight runs.

Brief scores, Grand finals:
A Grade: Port Adelaide 5/400 (K Rolton 201*) defeated Northern Districts 146 all out (L Cotgrove 32)
B Grade: Northern Districts 160 & 8/71 dec defeated Port Adelaide 94
C Grade: Flinders University 3/153 defeated Northern Districts 7/145.