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Centurion Lewis guides the Scorchers to back-to-back Super Series Cup titles

Gaby Lewis
Gaby Lewis
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A century for captain Gaby Lewis, only the eighth in the competition’s history, and her third, along with a 5-fer from Bhavi Devchand helped the Scorchers claim back-to-back Arachas Super Series 50-over Cup titles with a 7-wicket victory over the Typhoons at Pembroke. In doing so they backed up their double-winning campaign from 2021, a remarkable achievement.

It was very apt that Lewis scored the winning runs, lifting the ball over mid-off for four with the final ball of the game. She was the star with the bat. Her 103 runs came from 103 balls, which included a whopping 16 fours.  

The Typhoons had a decent start to the game, with Celeste Raack and Robyn Searle putting up 28 runs, before Raack was trapped in front by Anna Kerrison in the eight over. A couple of overs later and her opening partner Searle had joined her back in the pavilion, as Scorchers captain Gaby Lewis dived superbly to her left to claim a brilliant one-handed catch at first slip.

Bhavi Dechand was getting lots of movement with the ball, the right-arm medium pacer was a constant threat, and had 2 wickets for 16 runs after her first four overs. The Typhoons were having difficulties scoring runs, and things didn’t improve in the 15th over when Irish captain Laura Delany slashed at one high and was caught by Lewis.

Wickets were falling at regular intervals, and the Typhoons found themselves on 76-2 after 20 overs. Zimbabwean-born Australian Devchand took a five-wicket haul from her allotted 10 overs, when taking the wicket of Louise Little.  

Luckily for the Typhoons they battled back well when Mary Waldron got herself set in the middle, and she went on to post a fine 62 off 102 balls, which included an excellent partnership of 57 with Joanna Loughran, the only notable partnership in the innings.

The Scorchers were excellent in the field, with Lewis and Shauna Kavanagh both taking two catches. They limited the Typhoons to just 165 on a pretty good batting pitch.

When Devchand and Lewis came out to bat for the Scorchers in their reply they were patient. They waited for their opportunities. It wasn’t until the third over when we saw the first boundary of the innings, when Devchand edged one between wicket-keeper and first slip.

Lewis hit one to the deep square leg boundary to kick-start her innings in the 6th over and from there the result was never in doubt.

The opening partnership of 56 ended in the 13th over when Louise Little trapped Devchand in front, with a beautiful delivery that turned into the right-hander.

Christina Coulter Reilly (8), Shauna Kavanagh (7) and Sophie MacMahon (13) found themselves rotating the strike regularly for the captain Lewis to hit her shots, and that she did.

It wasn’t the best day in the field for the Typhoons, but Sophie Strickland took an excellent catch, rising high at mid-wicket to take the wicket of Coulter Reilly in the 19th over.

Lewis brought up her 50 in the 22nd over, hitting Robyn Searle behind for four as she looked imperious at the crease. She decided to step on the gas in the 25th over, scoring 25 runs in 2 overs, to move on to 77.

It was only a matter of time before the century would come, and it came with the winning strike, as Lewis lifted the ball over mid-off for four to win the game.    

MATCH SUMMARY

 

Typhoons v Scorchers, Arachas Super 50 Cup, Pembroke, 3 August 2022

  • Typhoons: 165 (45.3 overs; M Waldron 62, J Loughran 25; B Devchand 5-33)
  • Scorchers: 166-3 (32.1 overs; G Lewis 103*, B Devchand 22; L Little 1-29)

Scorchers won by 7 wickets.

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