Perth Scorchers seal final WBBL berth defending against Sydney Thunder

 . Last updated on July 6, 2018, 2:34 PM
Perth Scorchers seal final WBBL berth defending against Sydney Thunder
Emma King, nicking three wickets, became the Player of the Match in the semi-final fixture.

In the latest Women BBL match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder, the former thumped a 27-run victory. The team defended its score with a strong bowling from Emma King. With the victory, the Scorchers sealed its final berth in the tournament. The team will play the grand match against the winner of the next semi-final campaign between Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers.

Earlier in the inning, Scorchers were bolstered with a strong partnership inning between its openers. Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton forged a partnership inning of 62 runs off 55 balls. Villani scored 38 runs in the stretch. The inning was marked with two strong partnerships one at the opening stretch, and other at the closing overs.

After Bolton was removed in the 12th over, Natalie Sciver and Heather Graham partnered for 62 runs to build up the formidable score. In the inning, Thunder’s bowlers could only nick the first two wickets. Villani was trapped by Nicola Carey, while, Nicole Bolton was removed by Sarah Taylor. Sydney Thunder exhausted all its bowling attack, but paid the price of is decision of field first.

Meanwhile, after an impressive batting performance, Scorchers came up with an excellent defense. The batting line-up began to wobble right from the second over as Rachael Haynes lost her wicket after taking a single run. The other opener, Rachael Priest was down in the fifth over as the chase slogged at 31 for 2 wickets. The team soon fell to 46 for 5 at the 11th over before Fran Wilson and Nicola Carey came up with a small partnership stretch. The players added 42 runs together before Carey was contained in the 16th over.

On the other hand, Fran Wilson remained on crease until the final over pulling the chase to 118. She scored 46 run off 28 balls. The inning remained dominated under Scorcher’s bowlers, which each of them knocking at least a single wicket. Emma King spearheaded the attack taking down three wickets and maintaining the best economy.


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