20/04/2024

The Perth Scorchers celebrating their win over the Sydney Sixers. (Image: Perth Scorchers website)

The Perth Scorchers star opener Beth Mooney and coach Becky Grundy understand how important the next two matches are against the Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers.

The Scorchers currently sit fourth on the table after beating the Sydney Sixers by 36 runs on Tuesday, behind the stellar bowling of medium-pace bowler Amy Edgar.

Inconsistent results have hurt the Scorchers early on, however, Grundy believes the team is steering back on the right track.

“Definitely, I think we’ve played some really good cricket and then probably moments in time we’re slightly disappointed with. But we know it’s a really long tournament and it’s about building so we’re playing our best cricket hopefully in the Finals,” Grundy said.

“So it was great to start our week at home with a win and now it’s for us to be able to get another two whilst we’re here and going on the road in a really solid position.”

Not only did the Scorchers receive contributions across the board, including Alanna King smashing a rapid-fire 33 runs off only 14 deliveries to help propel the team to a competitive total of 8/166, but her crucial scalps of Sixers captain Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner for a golden duck, swung the momentum of the contest.

“We speak about being able to contribute all the way through the order and with the ball,” Grundy said.

“I think that was the first probably real performance we’ve seen in multiple contributions both bat and ball. So the fact we’re able to put a competitive total on and then we applied pressure and took regular wickets.

“So in terms of how we want to play, that was very close to where we want to be and we’ll just keep tweaking as we go through. But a really good start for the girls.”

Adding to the Scorchers’ morale is the return of star English allrounder Natalie Sciver-Brunt, who returns West for the first time since 2020. A winner of the Scorchers WBBL05 award, she is a proven match-winner not just with the bat scoring 1,204 runs in her WBBL career but has also taken 66 wickets.

Beth Mooney, who is currently the WBBL’s seventh leading run scorer in this tournament (161) said she is excited about what Sciver-Brunt brings.

“I’m pretty pumped to see Nat Sciver-Brunt back in Perth and wearing the Scorchers orange,” Mooney said.

“I wasn’t around when she played those few years ago. But just the interactions I’ve had with her in the last couple of days have been really exciting and she’s obviously got a great cricket brain and played a lot of cricket and understands the nuances of T20 cricket in particular.

“To add someone like her to our batting lineup and also our bowling will be really important leading into the business end of the season.”

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