Scorchers Strike Thunder in Stunning Fashion
The Perth Scorchers have ripped through Sydney Thunder to claim an incredible 11-run victory at #TheFurnace, launching to second on the WBBL|05 ladder on equal points to top of the table, Adelaide Strikers.
The home side’s epic second innings was highlighted by a brutal four-wicket haul during the powerplay, which restricted the Thunder to just 29 runs.
Irish Import Kim Garth put on a stellar performance with the ball, rattling the visitors with figures of three off 21 deliveries.
It was Nat Sciver who applied the pressure when it mattered most. The fierce bowler taking a miracle wicket-maiden off the fourth ball of the innings and then striking Thunder’s final hope in the second last ball of the final over.
Sciver finished with economical figures of two for 18 and was also the top scorer for the Scorchers, racking up 27 runs to claim Player of the Match honours.
Heather Graham also put on a powerful display with the ball finishing with figures of two off 16.
It was a miracle innings for the home side after they struggled to get a good partnership going, posting an easy target of 116 runs.
Scorchers player Nat Sciver said the victory has instilled a lot of confidence within the girls.
“The confidence in the group is brilliant. The close matches are always tricky, if you get on the right end of them you definitely build your confidence, obviously we don’t want it to be that close but we are feeling really good,” she said.
“You always want to perform on your home conditions and out here at the WACA Ground we know if we put the ball in the right places it’s going to be really hard to score and that’s what we saw from the Thunder bowlers in the first innings and we were able to match that and go one better.
“It was a very exciting game and we all might be awake tonight but we now turn to recovery ahead of our next match this weekend.”
The Scorchers will travel to Sydney for this Sunday’s match against the Brisbane Heat at Drummoyne Oval.
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