The 33rd match of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) was played between Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers at the WACA in Perth on Saturday.
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and opted to bat first.
Hobart Hurricanes: Rachel Priest (c & wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Mignon du Preez, Nicola Carey, Richa Ghosh, Molly Strano, Ruth Johnston, Sasha Moloney, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Amy Smith
Perth Scorchers: Sophie Devine (c), Beth Mooney (wk), Chamari Athapaththu, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Marizanne Kapp, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo
1st innings Hobart Hurricanes 137-8 in 20 overs
Batting first, Hobart Hurricanes piled up 137-8 in 20 overs, riding on opening bat Rachael Priest’s (54 runs off 48 balls) stellar half century. The New Zealander plundered five boundaries and three sixes during her entertaining knock. The South African all-rounder Mignon du Preez also chipped in with a 20-ball 23, including two boundaries. For Perth Scorchers, Lilly Mills, Heather Graham and Alana King accounted for two wickets each, while Marizanne Kapp and Taneale Peschel struck with one wicket apiece.
2nd innings Perth Scorchers 135-8 in 20 overs
In reply, Perth Scorchers fought hard, however, they lost the match by just two runs. Sri Lanka’s captain Chamari Athapaththu top scored with 33 runs off 31 balls, including five boundaries. Perth Scorchers’ captain Sophie Devine was the other major contributor with the bat as she scored a blistering 25 off just 15 balls, hitting three boundaries and two sixes. For Hobart Hurricanes, Belinda Vakarewa, Molly Strano and Nicola Carey picked up two wickets apiece. Ruth Johnston and Amy Smith claimed one wicket each.
Player of the Match
Hobart Hurricanes’ Rachael Priest won the player of the match for her scintillating 54 off 48 balls.
Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers will play their next match against each other again on November 7 at the WACA in Perth.
Hobart Hurricanes 137-8 in 20 overs (R Priest 54; L Mills 2-27, H Graham 2-31, A King 2-20) beat Perth Scorchers 135-8 in 20 overs (C Athapaththu 33; B Vakarewa 2-23, M Strano 2-30, N Carey 2-17) by 2 runs
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