Leah Paul, Ashlee King shine as Scorchers go 1-0 up in Super20 series

Leah Paul, Ashlee King shine as Scorchers go 1-0 up in Super20 series

Leah Paul © Cricket Ireland/Sportsfile

After losing the first match to rain, Scorchers started the Super20 Series with a massive 86-run win against Typhoons in the second T20 on Sunday (June 27), thanks to a half-century from Leah Paul and a five-wicket haul from Ashlee King.

Opting to bat first, Scorchers lost both their openers Gaby Lewis and Lara Maritz, cheaply to Orla Prendergast. Soon, Sophie MacMahon, too, was back in the pavilion as Prendergast ran through the Scorchers top-order.

With Shauna Kavanagh getting out to Georgina Dempsey for eight runs from 12 balls, the Scorchers were down to 51 for four. Meanwhile, Paul held forte at one end, trying to keep the innings going. 

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However, the Typhoons bowlers kept pegging away with wickets at regular intervals, leaving Paul to fight a lone battle. She scored a fighting 63 from 48 balls, taking Scorchers t0 143 for seven in 20 overs. Typhoons giving away 34 runs in extras did not help their cause. 

Chasing seven runs an over, Typhoons opener Mary Waldron got out to MacMahon early. Paul and King followed it up with quick wickets as the former dismissed the other opener Rebecca Stokell for a run-a-ball ten. King, on the other hand, cleaned up Rachel Delaney and Louise Little.

The Typhoons were struggling at 45 for four after nine overs. With Prendergast getting run out, King got rid of Amy Hunter, Dempsey and Ava Canning. She finished with five for ten in her four overs. MacMahon dismissed Maria Kerrison, and the Typhoons were all out for 57 in 14.3 overs. Scorchers lead the five-match T20 series 1 - nil.

Brief Scores:

Scorchers 143/7 in 20 overs (Leah Paul 63, Ola Prendergast 3/23) beat Typhoons 57 all out in 14.3 overs (Ola Prendergast 11, Ashlee King 5/10) by 86 runs.

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