Sophie Devine was at her brutal best against the Sydney Thunder. Image: @wbbl. Twitter

Sophie Devine was at her destructive best against the Sydney Thunder, scoring her 3rd WBBL century at UTAS Stadium in Launceston

Sophie Devine blasted the ball to all corners of UTAS Stadium, notching up her 3rd WBBL century as the Perth Scorchers easily accounted for the Sydney Thunder by 81 runs in Launceston.

After losing the bat flip and being asked to bat first, the opening pair of Devine and Aussie international Beth Mooney proved immovable as they piled on a record opening and overall partnership for the Scorchers in WBBL history.

It was a watchful start from the opening pair, getting through opening overs with measured and controlled strokeplay with the Thunder only conceeding 35 runs in the powerplay.

From there, however, it was a mixture of dropped chances and brute force from both Mooney and Devine as the runs began to flow.

The pair took 11 runs off the seventh over with Devine accelerating the scoring rate, at one stage scoring 24 runs in 7 balls as she built into her innings.

The pair would combine for 173 runs, the second-highest in the history of the WBBL and the second-highest opening partnership in WBBL history

Devine scored 8 boundaries and 6 sixes in her 103 before she was dismissed in the final over, caught in the deep by Smriti Mandhana off the bowling of the Thunder skipper Hannah Darlington chasing the cherry on top of a massive total, as the Scorchers finished 2/186 at the conclusion of their 20 overs.

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After being awarded player of the match, Devine paid tribute to her opening partner Beth Mooney and said the Scorchers needed to play “Smart Cricket” during her innings. Telling the coverage post-match that her combination with Mooney at the top of the order was important to set a good total and platform.

“We knew that big partnerships were going to be the key, we were probably a bit slow through the Powerplay me and Moons but we knew we could cash in,” she said.

“She [Mooney] brings the brains to the partnership, just her calmness at the crease and knowing when and what bowlers are trying to do certainly grounds me and helps me a lot and I think we work well together as a partnership that is hopefully only going to get better”

Alana King was the chief destroyer with the ball, collecting career-best WBBL figures 4/11 off her 4 overs as the Thunder’s innings never got any momentum chasing the big total. The Thunder finished well short of the required target, finishing 9/105 at the end of their 20 overs.

The Scorchers return to Perth as WBBL|07 moves west where they face will face the Adelaide Strikers at Lilac Hill on October 30th at 1:50 pm local time

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