Gaby Lewis, Leah Paul shine as Scorchers start Super 50 series with a comprehensive victory

Scorchers and Typhoons in action © Cricket Ireland

A fighting half-century from Gaby Lewis and three-fers from Leah Paul and Cara Murray helped the Scorchers start the Super 50 series with a 14-run victory against Typhoons on Sunday(April 25).

After opting to bowl, the Typhoons struggled to break the opening partnership between Paul and Lewis. After adding 74 runs together, the former got out for a 44-ball 16 courtesy of a runout. Though Murray fell shortly after, Lewis, at the other end, was going strong as she brought up her half-century.

She made 60 runs from 72 balls before getting out to Laura Delany. Meanwhile, Shauna Kavanagh took over and kept things going for the Scorchers. She scored a 76-ball 48, building partnership along the way with Sophie MacMahon.

When Kavanagh got out, they were stuttering at 179 for five. Some late partnership between MacMahon and Lara Maritz took the Scorchers to 221 for five in 50 overs.

Chasing about four and a half runs per over, Typhoons openers provided them with a steady opening partnership as Rachel Delaney and Rebecca Stokell added 44 runs for the first wicket before the latter got out to Ashlee King for 20 runs from 42 balls.

With Murray and Paul picking up wickets at regular intervals, the Typhoons middle-order crumbled. They were reduced to 110 for five, before Louise Little and Celeste Raack tried to revive the chase with a fighting partnership.

Little made 42 runs from 51 balls while Raack scored a 55-ball 40. Once Little got out, there was very little Raack could do alone to get the team across the line. Eventually, the Typhoons fell short by 14 runs as they finished 207 for nine after 50 overs. Murray was the pick of the bowling taking three wickets for 39 runs.

Brief Scores:

Scorchers 221/5 in 50 overs (Gaby Lewis 60; Laura Delany 1/17) beat Typhoons 207/9 in 50 overs (Louise Little 42; Cara Murray 3/39) by 14 runs.