The power of Devine has heaped the misery on the Melbourne Renegades’ disappointing WBBL campaign.
Sophie Devine smashed an unbeaten 77 as Perth Scorchers brushed aside the Renegades by nine wickets – and with five overs to spare. It leaves the Renegades bottom of the ladder with just one win this tournament.
Tasked with a modest 123 runs to win at Sydney Showground, Devine started and finished the job. The New Zealand allrounder hit all three sixes of the match on her way to another half-century and she chipped in with the wicket of Sophie Molineux earlier in the match.
The Renegades’ innings was much like their season so far – it never really kicked on. Molineux and Amy Satterthwaite gave them the perfect platform with a 76-run partnership, the highest for the Renegades all season.
Scorchers star Sophie Devine. Picture: Jason McCawley/GettySource:Getty Images
They were helped by some ordinary fielding by the Scorchers, but they certainly failed to capitalise on it.
At the end of their 10 overs they were 1-60 and on track for at least 150 – a par score on the Showground’s belter of a pitch.
But they stuttered. Molineux was dismissed for 39 and Satterthwaite could only manage an unbeaten 48 when a larger score was on the cards.
By the time the final over came around Courtney Webb managed to hit the Melbourne side’s first boundary in 27 balls. At the end of their innings not a single six had been hit, which is partly why they could only manage a modest score of 3-122.
In reply, out strode the formidable pairing of Beth Mooney and Devine and the two made light work of the first couple of overs, until Mooney (9) was bowled by Molineux.
It mattered little though as Devine, along with Chloe Piparo (33 not out), closed out the run chase with five overs to spare.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
It wasn’t so much a moment as a moment missed. The Renegades were looking at a big score having ended their 10th over just one wicket down for 60 runs, but they missed the chance to kick on. Sophie Molineux in particular was set, but just couldn’t let loose the shackles as the Renegades went on to manage just 3-122.
Sophie Molineux failed to capitalise on her start. Picture: Jason McCawley/GettySource:Getty Images
KNOCK OF THE MATCH
Sophie Devine was, well, divine. The New Zealand allrounder hit her 100th WBBL six as she led the Scorchers to a convincing win with an unbeaten 77. She was at her power-hitting best, with three sixes and seven fours as she again hit her stride at just the right time of the campaign.
BOWLING SPELL OF THE MATCH
Taneale Peschel continues to be the Scorchers’ most reliable bowler. Not only is she a regular wicket-taker, but she tends to nab the key wickets. After dismissing Carly Leeson early in the Renegades’ innings, Peschel then got the wicket of Lizelle Lee to end with more impressive figures of 2-17.
QUOTE OF THE MATCH
“We’ve been disappointed with how we’ve been going. It’s no one’s fault in particular, we’re all trying our best to improve it, but from a morale point of view and to just gain some respect it would be nice to try and improve things at the back end.” Amy Satterthwaite on the Renegades’ campaign.
Originally published asWeekend wrap: The Kiwi taking over WBBL
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