Dynamic openers Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney have notched another strong partnership
to lead the Perth Scorchers to their first win of the WBBL season.
While play was abandoned at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney just 9.5 overs into the Scorchers’ innings, they were well in front of the adjusted target under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and beat the Melbourne Renegades by 18 runs.
Sent in to bat, the Renegades collapsed to 3/16 early in their innings – thanks in part to a magnificent Mooney catch – but recovered to make 5/105 from their 20 overs before Mooney (23 off 32) and player of the match Devine (31 off 28) cruised to 0/62 before the players were sent off following a lightning strike.
The pair, who also played pivotal roles in the field, had an opening stand of 55 in last week’s loss to the Brisbane Heat and looked untroubled against the Renegades’ bowlers, with Devine’s innings including three fours and a six.
With rain affecting the opening two weekends of the season, every win is precious and the victory pushed the Scorchers momentarily into the top four, while the Renegades are languishing in seventh place just ahead of the Hobart Hurricanes.
Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine.Source:Getty Images
Renegades batter Lizelle Lee’s frustrating season continued, the South African international dismissed in the second over pushing at a Sophie Devine half-volley and edging to wicketkeeper Beth Mooney, who took a strong diving catch.
The marquee player did not bat in the Renegades’ rain-affected fixtures last weekend and her dismissal for just five runs off eight balls started a top-order collapse from which her team struggled to recover.
The opening stand between Kiwi captain Devine (31 off 28) and Mooney (23 off 32) was a matchwinner but they had to play at pace in the opening overs after some strong batting from Courtney Webb and Georgia Wareham helped the Renegades to a competitive total after their floundering start.
Webb (33 off 44) was run out by Mooney off the second-last ball of the over trying to sneak off for a quick run, while Wareham finished on 22 not out (14), with her efforts suggesting she may earn a promotion up the order at some stage of the season.
While Devine and Mooney combined early for the key wicket of Lee, a pair of wickets from off spinner Nicole Bolton proved key as she locked down the Renegades batters, conceding just 13 runs from her spell. Bolton bowled Erin Fazackerley to have the Renegades at 2/6, and while she dropped Sophie Molineux – one of four dropped catches in the field by the Scorchers – on four, she claimed her wicket in the 16th over, breaking a 67-run partnership.
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