Beth Mooney Masterclass Stuns Sydney Sixers
The Perth Scorchers have defeated the Sydney Sixers in consecutive games, securing a five-wicket victory today, Wednesday 11 November, at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Beth Mooney produced her finest knock of the tournament to date, scoring a brilliant 75* from 64 deliveries to be the difference between the sides and a clear Player of the Match.
Set 138 for victory, Mooney’s masterful innings combined power with poise and formed the bedrock of the Scorchers’ chase.
In stifling Blacktown heat, Mooney carried her bat and hit the winning runs with five balls to spare.
The incredible innings rockets the opener to the top of the WBBL run-scorers list, with 287 at a jaw-dropping average of 71.75.
After losing the toss and being sent out to field, the Scorchers struck early with two quick wickets of Alyssa Healy (4) and Ashleigh Gardner (3).
Ellyse Perry (62*) and Marizanne Kapp (33) combined for a solid partnership before the latter was forced to retire due to illness.
The Scorchers fought back admirably to prevent Perry exploding late in the innings, restricting the Sixers to 4-137.
Sunday’s centurion Sophie Devine (4) was dismissed early, but Mooney and Nicole Bolton (18) combined for a crucial 64-run stand that essentially made it a run-a-ball equation from the 10-over mark.
An important contribution from Megan Banting (17) late in the innings helped avoid a tense final over, while it was fitting the winning runs came from the blade of Mooney.
After the match, Beth Mooney said;
“We’re blessed at the Scorchers to have a versatile batting order… regardless of what happens in the first six overs we’ve got the depth in our batting line-up to win from any position.
“We’re pretty fortunate to get two wins on the board in a row against a quality Sixers outfit who have pretty much been the benchmark of this whole competition in the last six years.
“We would’ve liked to have finished the game a little earlier than we did in the 20th over, that wasn’t to be but we got over the line in the end.”
The Scorchers take on the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday 14 November at Sydney Showground Stadium.