Scorchers Captain & Keeper crush Canes
The Perth Scorchers have crushed the Hobart Hurricanes in a dominating 10-wicket win at North Sydney Oval today, Saturday 21 November.
Scorchers captain Sophie Devine was irrepressible with the bat and picked up her fifth Player of the Match award for the tournament with an unbeaten 87.
Returning from a lower back injury, the skipper bludgeoned a hapless Hobart attack for 13 boundaries in her 53-ball blitz, including five maximums.
Opening partner Beth Mooney was just as impressive at the other end, the classy left hander compiled 48* from 36 deliveries.
Mooney notched her 3,000th WBBL run in the process, the first player to do so in the competition’s history.
The most feared opening combination in WBBL|06 now sit one and two on the run scorers list and have passed 50-runs together on four occasions.
Opting to field first, fantastic bowling in the powerplay by Taneale Peschel (1-13) followed by thrifty variations through the middle overs by Samantha Betts (2-24) kept the Hurricanes from developing a partnership.
Brilliant keeping by Mooney to dismiss the dangerous Nicola Carey (36) and great hustle from Sarah Glenn to run out Naomi Stalenburg (9) helped restrict the Hurricanes from building momentum.
Set 135 for victory, Devine and Mooney were flawless and chased the total with ease, as Perth eclipsed the mark with 32 balls to spare.
Perth will face the Adelaide Strikers at North Sydney Oval tomorrow, Sunday 22 November, with a win guaranteeing a finals berth.
After the match, Sophie Devine said; “When you get the job done none down, it’s nice… the most important thing is to get a win on the board.
“Today in the field we were outstanding, I think that was probably one of our better fielding efforts.
“It’s positive signs for us, you’ve always got to be evolving and adapting and learning from your mistakes… I’m really pleased for the girls to go out there and put on a strong performance.”