Sophie Devine played a starring role with her super over heroics for the Perth Scorchers, but it was the bowling unit who forced the game to transcend into a tight matchup against Brisbane Heat.
Sent into bat first by Heat captain Jess Jonassen, the combination of Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney was an enticing prospect for a Scorchers side who looked to get off to a fast start.
While the first over went for six runs, Devine got the scoreboard ticking along by the end of the second over with a six off the bowling of Nicola Hancock. A further 11 runs were added to Devine’s total – including two fours – before she was sent back to the sheds after being caught at deep midwicket from Jonassen’s bowling in the fourth over.
Mooney was the Scorchers’ best showing with the bat, hitting 40 off 37 with sold contributions from Chamari Athapaththu (14 off 14) and Chloe Piparo (20* off 14) to set the Heat a total of 138 for victory.
Brisbane proved it was up to the challenge in reply, but Devine brought a stop to the onslaught with the wicket of Georgia Redmayne in the fourth over with the score standing at 1/42.
Even at the midway point of the innings, Brisbane looked in control before Perth’s bowlers took over. In her debut game, Lilly Mills picked up the wicket of Jonassen as Grace Harris was given out lbw by Marzianne Kapp not long after.
A two-over spell from youngster Alana King in the 13th and 15th overs where she picked up two wickets – Georgia Voll and Laura Kimmince – changed the game for the Scorchers and brought the game onto more even terms. She finished her outing in orange with 2/24 off four overs.
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Speaking to media post-game, King, who earned Player of the Match honours, found it exciting to be out on Blundstone Arena and spoke of the importance of a first-up win for the side.
“It was very exciting, especially when we get the win first up. [It] came down the wire obviously with the super over but stoked to get the chocolates,” King said.
“I think [Sophie Devine] really enjoys that sort of situation cause she knows, she backs herself to do it and she’s got 15 other players backing her as well so it was just awesome to watch it on the sidelines and see those two sixes go over the fence.”
With the Perth bowling unit finding form and working together with their partnerships from each end of the ground, King conceded the target set meant the unit would need to control their line and length to help the team over the line.
“I think we spoke before the game and said around 150 was par and I think it actually played a bit slower towards the backend of our innings so we knew we had the job cut out for us, for the bowlers,” she mentioned.
“[Lilly Mills] bowled beautifully and especially to be bowling that last over I think that was really gutsy from her and showed the player she is.”
“I think there was just good bowling in partnerships and yeah, they got away from us at the start, especially in the power play but I think you string a few overs together and that’s just T20 cricket, the momentum shifts straight away.”
The Perth Scorchers next matchup has them meeting the Brisbane Heat yet again at Blundstone Arena from 4:50 pm on October 19.
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