Perth Scorchers dominate to bag their second consecutive win of the WBBL08
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Perth Scorchers dominated Hobart Hurricanes to win their second consecutive match of the eighth season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) on Monday (October 17).
At the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, the defending champion, Perth Scorchers, won the toss and opted to bowl first. Alana King didn’t allow Hobart Hurricanes to settle as she dismissed captain Elyse Villani in the first over. South African international Marizanne Kapp trapped Rachel Trenaman for two to reduce Hurricanes to 13 for two.
Heather Graham and Mignon du Preez tried to put some life in the Hurricanes' innings, but King came back to send du Preez back to the pavilion for 11. Graham kept her team in the hunt for the big total, but Devine broke through with the wicket of Graham. Taneale Peschel took two late wickets to dash the Hurricanes’ hopes of making a big score. They managed to score 109 runs in the first innings, with King and Peschel taking three wickets each.
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Scorchers' chase started with a cracking boundary from their captain, Sophie Devine. Molly Strano gave the Hurricanes an early breakthrough with the wicket of Devine with her first ball of the match. The left-handed and right-handed combination of Beth Mooney and Chloe Piparo did not offer Hurricanes any chance to claw back with the partnership of 54 runs.
Piparo perished after scoring 31 off 26 balls as Villani took an easy catch at mid-off. New Zealand International Maddy Green joined Mooney when Scorchers needed 51 runs off 66 balls. Green smashed 32 runs off 16 balls to take Scorchers close to their second win of the season. Green smashed Graham for a boundary past long on to take Scorchers over the line, while Mooney remained unbeaten on 38 off 36 balls.
Hobart Hurricanes 109 for nine in 20 overs (Heather Graham; Taneale Peschel 3/13, Alana King 3/15) lost to Perth Scorchers 110 for two in 14.1 overs (Beth Mooney 38*, Maddy Green 32*; Ruth Johnston 1/13) by eight wickets