Match 27: Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers.
An all-round performance from Heather Graham leads Perth Scorchers to a victory over Sydney Thunders by 7 runs in South Australia on Sunday.
Winning the toss, Thunder opted for bowl first. The opening duo of Scorchers who had a century stand in the previous game failed to give a good start in this match. The openers got out for just 6 runs. Credits to Ismail and Farrell with their excellent bowling performance made the in form batters return to the pavilion soon.
Coming in Nat Sciver and Redmayne had a decent partnership of 59 runs which laid a foundation for Scorchers to set an average score for the chase. Both the batters got out after reaching 30 plus runs. In the end, came the young all-rounder Heather Graham with her aggressive innings made sure the Scorchers reach 150 mark and they ended up the innings at 151 for 5 in 20 overs. Her inning included 33 runs in 20 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. With the ball, the young 18-year-old Darlington was exceptional for Thunders with the figures of 2 for 24 in 4 overs. She got good support from others too.
Chasing the target of 152, Priest got out after scoring a slow 15 whereas her partner Stalenberg got out after scoring 30 runs in just 20 balls. Then came Blackwell and Wilson who had a good partnership of 50 plus runs which made the game interesting. Blackwell lost her wicket on 29, the incoming batters did not contribute much as a result Thunders lost the game by 7 runs, though Wilson tried her best, an excellent death bowling from Graham & co stopped Thunders from reaching the target.
With the ball too it was Graham who picked up 3 wickets and young bowler Peschel picked up a couple of wickets which lead Scorchers to the victory.
Brief Scores: Perth Scorchers: 151 for 5 in 20 overs (Sciver 37, Graham 33* & Darlington 2 for 24) defeated Sydney Thunder 144 for 6 in 20 overs ( Wilson 47* & Graham 3 for 22) by 7 runs