31/05/2024
Alana King

Alana King celebrates one of her wickets, contributing to the Perth Scorchers' victory. Image: Perth Scorchers - Twitter

The Perth Scorchers were “Ruthless” with bat and ball on their way to a 10 wicket victory over the Melbourne Stars. 

“Ruthless” with bat and ball, the Perth Scorchers dominated against the Melbourne Stars for a comprehensive 10 wicket victory. 

The Scorchers had it all their way at Karen Rolton Oval, dominating with the ball, and then it was Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney who made 98 runs for victory. 

Against her old team, Alana King was particularly impressive with the ball, taking two key wickets and helping her side keep the Stars to a small total. 

“It was a great win, especially against, always nice against the old side. 

“Really good by Soph and Moons at the top to get the job done.” 

It began in an impressive fashion with Marizanne Kapp opening her bowling in the Powerplay with a wicket maiden. That wicket was Meg Lanning, edged onto her stumps, and it set the tone for the Scorchers’ bowlers.

The Scorchers had seven players bowl overs today, taking wickets and putting pressure on the Stars who continued to crumble. 

King took the wickets of Maia Bouchier and Elyse Villani in quick succession, Bouchier bowled with the final ball in the Powerplay before claiming Villani in her next over.

She was pleased to contribute and is happy with where her bowling is at this season. 

“I think I bowled really well and I’ve got a lot of confidence going into this game,” she said.  

“I think at the start of the tournament, I’ve had really good chats with Shelley (Nitschke)… so it was just making sure that I’m confident in my game and it’s paying rewards, I guess.”

Overall the bowling performance was particularly strong, with Scorchers’ early wickets key to taking control of the match and putting the pressure on the Stars. 

“I think every team will talk about wickets in the powerplay is very important, it sets a tone.

“And I think we bowled really well. 

“We assessed the wicket really, really early, and yeah it paid dividends and we were really, really ruthless with the ball.”

The Scorchers’, and WBBL Golden Arm, Lily Mills didn’t have to bowl a ball until the 14th over, her teammates taking control of the play.

When she did get a chance, Mills made it 16 wickets for the season, taking the wicket of Nicole Faltum caught and bowled for a first-ball duck.

Set just 98 for victory, it was a dominant run chase from openers Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney. 

It wasn’t the fastest start as they settled into the chase and got a feel for it. Mooney did find the boundary and started to make the Stars’ bowlers pay. 

Devine had her turn next, taking her opportunities to hit a few around the park and take complete control of the chase.

Mooney’s second half-century of the season came off just 35 deliveries as she and Devine completed the chase in 11 overs. 

“We were going into the mindset of being ruthless like we don’t want to give a team a sniff and that’s what we did,” King said. 

“That’s really set by Moons (Beth Mooney) and Soph (Sophie Devine) at the top, they didn’t really trouble the scorers too much. 

“So, yeah, it was awesome to see them get the job done at the top.”

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The duo of Devine and Mooney has had a strong tournament so far, with Mooney the current Golden Bat leader and Devine in fourth spot. 

It’s fun to watch the pair go after it, and on days like today, King is especially happy to now be on their side.

“It’s brilliant to watch on the sidelines.

“I love being on their team now, rather than fetching their balls when they used to pump me. 

“It was a clinical performance you know, every game now is pretty crucial for every team.

“So we just need to string a few wins and get some momentum behind us and hopefully we’re there at the pointy end of the season.”

The Scorchers WBBL|07 campaign continues on Thursday against the Thunder, where they will look for another to stay up the top end of the ladder.

“I think we’ll look to be ruthless again and hopefully another win for us, and that’ll really put us in good stead for the point end of the season.”

The Scorchers will be back at Karen Rolton Oval on Thursday, facing the Sydney Thunder at 1:25 pm AEDT.

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