Devchand’s fifer and Lewis’ century guide Scorchers to second consecutive Super Series Cup title

Gaby Lewis celebrating a match-winning knock © John Crothers

A phenomenal fifer from Bhavi Devchand followed by a spectacular century from skipper Gaby Lewis helped the Scorchers bag their second consecutive Super Series 50-over Cup title as they steamrolled Typhoons by seven wickets at Sydney Parade, Sandymount in Pembroke on Wednesday (August 3).

The decision to bat first after winning the toss didn’t bear fruit for Typhoons. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals right from the outset and hence their innings could never really achieve a vibrant impetus. For Typhoons, the pair of Celeste Raack and Robyn Searle started off tentatively but couldn’t extend their opening stand beyond 28 runs as Raack was trapped plumb in front by Anna Kerrison in the eighth over.

Searle followed suit soon as she became Devchand’s first dismissal of the match. Devchand was able to get prodigious movement with the ball upfront and made life extremely difficult for the Typhoons batters. Within a span of 20 deliveries Devchand bagged her second scalp and a big one too in the form of Ireland skipper Laura Delany.

Typhoons were in dire straits and a well-calculated half-century from wicketkeeper-batter Mary Waldron (62 runs off 102 balls) rescued their dwindling boat to a larger extent.

With Typhoons tottering at 91 for the loss of seven wickets in 25.3 overs, Waldron alongside Joanna Loughran stitched a valuable 57-run stand and propelled them towards a respectable total. Typhoons eventually got bundled out for 165 in 45.3 overs.

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Chasing a modest total of 166 for victory, both Devchand and Lewis never looked in any sort of haste right from the word go as the asking rate was not an issue at all. They put together 56 runs inside 13 overs and gave Scorchers a solid beginning. Devchand was the first wicket to fall during Scorchers’ innings as she was trapped in front of the stumps by a delivery that came into her from Louise Little.

Although Lewis lost two more batting partners in Christina Coulter Reilly (8 runs), Shauna Kavanagh (7 runs) during her innings as they failed to make any substantial contribution, she carried on her merry ways and took the attack to the opposition bowlers.

Lewis eventually brought her third century – only the eighth in the history of the tournament – of the competition and helped her side to scale the target on the first delivery of the 33rd over.

Brief Scores: Typhoons (Mary Waldron 62; Bhavi Devchand 5/33) lost to Scorchers (Gaby Lewis 103*; Louise Little 1/29) by seven wickets