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by Cricket World Sunday 10 November 2019
Perth Scorchers star Heather Graham has fired her side to back to back rebel Women’s Big Bash League wins, after defeating the Sydney Thunder by seven runs this morning.
After surviving a last-ball thriller against the second-placed Adelaide Strikers yesterday, the Scorchers then held their nerve to down the top-placed Thunder at Karen Rolton Oval.
Allrounder Heather Graham was the star with bat and ball.
After smashing two sixes in her unbeaten 33 off 20 balls to lift the Scorchers to 5-151, player-of-the-match Graham then snared 3-22 off four overs to deliver back to back wins.
The Scorchers wobbled early in their batting innings after openers Meg Lanning (6) and Amy Jones (6) fell cheaply.
The middle order responded, Graham's late flurry with the bat provided the polish to the foundation provided by Nat Sciver (37) and Georgia Redmayne (35.)
Seamers Taneale Peschel (2-20) and Kim Garth (1-21) toiled hard with the ball before Graham’s sublime spell spelled the end for the Thunder.
The Scorchers head home with four wins and three losses and will take on the Thunder again on Tuesday at the WACA Ground.
A Sophie Devine batting masterclass has handed the Adelaide Strikers their fifth win of the rebel WBBL season, with Devine belting five consecutive sixes in the final over.
The Kiwi allrounder reached her half-century in the 19th over and then went on to make 30 runs off the bat in the final over, propelling her to 85 not out.
It was the most consecutive maximums struck by one player in a WBBL over (previous total was three by Sydney Sixers' Ash Gardner in WBBL|04) and the highest number of runs compiled from one over (previous total was 27 in WBBL|03).
Earlier in the day, Melbourne Stars captain Elyse Villani won the toss and elected to bowl first, sending the Strikers in to bat.
A slow, albeit building, opening partnership between Bates (36) and Devine came to an end in the 10th over and the Strikers were 1/54.
Birthday girl Tahlia McGrath contributed with 19 from 16 balls but at the end of the 19th over, the Strikers were 4/133.
The score was looking too low to defend, but after a single on the first ball from Katie Mack (6 not out) put Devine on strike, Devine thundered five enormous sixes into the crowd, pushing the total to 4/164.
In reply, the Stars were 1/2 in the second over after Devine (2/19) broke through, but Lizelle Lee (52) and Mignon du Preez (70) put on 113 runs before Bates removed the former.
Two wickets in two balls from Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/31), plus an incredible direct hit to the wickets from Sarah Coyte, turned the game on its head again, with the Stars suddenly needing 22 from the last over.
Devine bowled the 20th, restricting the Stars to just eight runs.
With five wins and three losses, the Strikers have moved back into first place on the WBBL ladder.
The team will travel to Nuriootpa on Saturday for their first WBBL match in regional South Australia. Game can be live-streamed on CA Live app and Kayo Sports.
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