Scorchers on fire on all cylinders as they wrap-up title at Oak Hill
The Scorchers win both games at Oak Hill, but Typhoons show great fight in the second game which resulted in this year’s first Super Series, Super Over.
Scorchers v Typhoons, 3rd Match Arachas Super 20 Trophy, Oak Hill, 8 August 2021
Typhoons 96-9 (20 overs; G Dempsey 35: H Little 2-9, E Richardson 2-23)
Scorchers 99-3 (18.2 overs; A Canning 1-19: L Paul 44, L Maritz 29)
Scorchers won by 7 Wickets
In the first game of today’s doubleheader at Oak Hill in Co. Wicklow, the Typhoons won the toss and elected to bat first beneath overcast skies.
However, after the first powerplay the batting side may have been ruing their decision as they found themselves in early trouble at 17-3 courtesy of fantastic spells of bowling from Hannah Little (2-9) and Eimear Richardson (2-23).
The Typhoons’ Georgina Dempsey, batting at six, was determined to counter-attack – hitting three boundaries from one Cara Murray over. Her hard-hitting 35 off 31 balls looked to lead her side towards a competitive total, but when she was run out, the Typhoons were once more struggling at 60-7 in the 14th over.
The Batting side managed to add an extra 36 runs in the final five overs, but against a talented Scorchers line-up, the target of 97 looked well short of par.
The Scorchers reply saw the big wicket of Gaby Lewis early – dragging her first ball onto her stumps and Eimear Richardson departing soon after for 7. While a subdued powerplay saw the Scorchers at 30-2, opener Leah Paul looked to anchor the innings and became increasingly confident in her stroke play.
Paul, who scored 63* in the last Super 20 match, hit a Player of the Match 44* from 55 balls, which featured four boundaries. Supported by an assertive cameo from Lara Maritz (29 from 23), the Scorchers’ pair took the game away from the Typhoons who managed to get over the line with a comfortable 7 wicket win in the first game of the day.
Player of the Match: Gaby Lewis pic.twitter.com/cE7Z7mq6xL— Ireland Women’s Cricket (@IrishWomensCric) August 8, 2021
Scorchers v Typhoons, 4th Match Arachas Super 20 Trophy, Oak Hill, 8 August 2021
Typhoons 111-8 (20 overs; G. Dempsey 28: A King 2-21, C Murray 2-26)
Scorchers 111-4 (20 overs; G Lewis 50, S Kavanagh 35*; J Maguire 2-19, G Dempsey 1-13.)
Match tied; Scorchers won in Super Over
The second game of the day saw a very similar outcome in terms of the toss with the Typhoons winning again and electing to bat first. While the side in Blue put on a better show with the bat than earlier in the day, it was still an innings of frustration with the majority of the Typhoons top order getting to double figures, but no one could go on and make a substantive score. Their 111-8 from 20 overs featured a second eye-catching knock of the day from Georgina Dempsey, who followed her 35 from 31 balls in Game One to score 28 from 23 balls in the second game.
The Scorchers bowling unit bowled a good line and length on a pitch that was inconsistent in its bounce - particularly from Ashlee King (2-21) and Cara Murray (2-27).
In the response, however, the Scorchers did not have it their own way after a fantastic opening spell from Jane Maguire saw her claim 2-3 off her first two overs. With the Scorchers on 31-2 after the powerplay, a fantastic 65-run partnership between Gaby Lewis (50) and Shauna Kavanagh (32*) put the Scorchers in a strong position to win. However, there was a twist in the tail of this match as Georgina Dempsey (1-14) and Ava Canning (1-19) bowled impressively at the death, dragging it back for the Typhoons leaving the Scorchers needing 5 off the last over.
A tense and tight final over from Dempsey, which included Kavanagh being dropped on the penultimate delivery, ultimately led a tie in the scores leading to the first Super Over of the Super Series season.
Gaby Lewis strode out to the crease in the and imperiously struck 19 runs from five balls, with Eimear Richardson striking the last ball to the boundary. The Typhoons were always on the back foot from there, losing two wickets and conceding the match on the second last ball.
Lewis was named Player of the Match for her half-century and devastating 19* in the Super Over.