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Prendergast century leads Typhoons fight back in the Arachas Super 50 Cup

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A maiden century by Typhoons stand-in captain Orla Prendergast led the Typhoons to victory by 33 runs in the Arachas Super 50 Cup at Rush Cricket Club.

MATCH SUMMARY

Scorchers v Typhoons, 3rd Match Arachas Super 50 Cup, Rush, 9 May 2021

Typhoons 259-8 (50 overs; O Prendergast 116, S Forbes 73; C Murray 2-36)

Scorchers 226 (46.5 overs; L Maritz 78, J Sparrow 40; R Delaney 3-40)

Typhoons won by 33 runs

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Scorchers captain Gaby Lewis won the toss and chose to bowl first in cold, blustery conditions, with heavy cloud cover threatening rain throughout the day.

With Rebecca Stokell unavailable for this match, Louise Little joined Rachel Delaney at the top of the order – but both batters soon found themselves back in the players pavilion for 0 and 6 respectively. The Scorchers opening bowlers Sophie MacMahon and Kate McEvoy were bowling a controlled line and length, restricting the run flow and taking a wicket apiece.

Sarah Forbes and Typhoons captain Orla Prendergast then combined to put on 125 runs for the third wicket, with Forbes the main aggressor, striking 73 from 74 balls including 9 boundaries. Prendergast brought up her half-century after Forbes’ departure and began to look more comfortable playing the innings anchor role.

Stroking the ball all around the ground, the Typhoons skipper took decisive control of the innings and registered her maiden Super Series century from 122 balls. This was the fourth century in the history of the Super Series after Meg Kendal (125), Cecelia Joyce (118) and Clare Shillington (116).

Prendergast eventually fell for 116 from 129 balls, and the Typhoons completed their innings on 259-8.

For the Scorchers, Cara Murray’s 2-36 showed great control and use of flight by the leg spinner, while MacMahon’s 1-44 and McEvoy’s 1-18 provided good seam support.

In response, the Scorchers three early wickets to be 43-3 in the 11th over, which included the loss of Gaby Lewis (7) and Leah Paul (11). Shauna Kavanagh was shortly after dismissed for 3, before Murray and MacMahon tried to rally their side. MacMahon struck three quick boundaries, but on 15 she played back to a ball that kept low and played it on. After a brief rain delay, Murray (11) was adjudged LBW and the Scorchers found themselves 88-6 in the 23rd over.

Lara Maritz (78) and Jenny Sparrow (40) combined well for a 68-run partnership for the 7th wicket, but their stand was ended by a direct-hit run out by Prendergast. However, just when it looked as though the Scorchers resistance was broken, Maritz and Ashlee King went on a boundary blitz hitting eight fours and a six between them as part of a 60-run ninth wicket stand in 46 balls.

Prendergast (2-17) then returned to the bowling crease and within five balls she had finished the Scorchers tail, bowling both Maritz and McEvoy.

The Scorchers finished on 226, handing the Typhoons a deserved 33 run win.

The Super 50 Cup competition now stands as 2-1 to the Scorchers with three rounds to play.

Orla Prendergast was named Player of the Match.