23/04/2024
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The Perth Scorchers lost to the Sydney Sixers. (Photo: Perth Scorchers/Twitter)

The Perth Scorchers suffered multiple batting collapses in their massive run chase, the loss breaking their two-game win streak as they look ahead to the next fixture.

The Perth Scorchers middle order was decimated by the Sydney Sixers bowlers, losing 4/7 within two overs after the halfway point, leading to a 44-run loss which broke a two-game winning streak.

After their super over heroics against the Brisbane Heat on Saturday, the Scorchers couldn’t replicate that firepower in their clash with the Sixers at Lilac Hill in Perth.

The day started with the Scorchers losing the bat flip, being sent in to field first, as their opponent identified the pitch would be better suited to batting – a view that was correct as the Sixers opening pair of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry put on a 101-run first-wicket partnership.

It took until the 13th over before Taneale Peschel was able to break the opening stand, bowling Perry. Unable to yield many dot balls throughout the first innings overall, after a first-ball four in the over, Peschel caught Perry on her crease a couple of times before the breakthrough ball.

The more dominant Healy remained at the crease, hitting the ball to all corners of the ground as the Scorchers bowlers had no reply. However, Peschel would pick up her second wicket of the game in the 17th over, having Ash Gardner lofting a ball in the air to deep fine leg where Heather Graham took the catch.

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With the Sixers posting a large total of 3/161, the run chase from the Scorchers was always going to be a tough ask. The team would have felt confident however with Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney at the top of the order.

It took a while for the duo to get going as dot balls and ones and twos were the only form of scoring for the side across the first three overs – Mooney on a run-a-ball eight and Devine struggling with two runs off 10 balls.

Devine looked to have come alive and found her stroke in the fourth over, hitting a four back down the ground over Perry’s head.

However, Perry struck the very next ball, Devine holing out to mid-wicket where Lauren Cheatle took a catch, reaching well above head height, departing for six off 12.

Mooney continued her form in the middle alongside Chloe Piparo (29 off 29), working together for a 48-run partnership before Piparo was bowled by Nicole Bolton – a wicket that kickstarted the downfall of the Scorchers.

In the same over, three balls later, Chamari Athapaththu fell for a three-ball duck. The following over, Mooney (30 off 29) was sent back to the sheds via a Radha Yadav delivery before Marizanne Kapp (two off three) got out to Bolton, the Scorchers then sitting at 5/74 with six and half overs remaining.

The sixth wicket partnership of Heather Graham (19 off 14) and Alana King (14 off 16) breathed some more life into Perth’s chase, however the side was still well behind the mark entering the tail-end of its batting order.

Once Graham fell, it began another collapse, this time of 4/19 as Cheatle ripped apart the bottom part of the lineup, Lilly Mills and Taneale Peschel each departing for golden ducks. Mathilda Carmichael played a late-innings cameo, hitting 12* off the same amount of balls.

Perth Scorchers captain Sophie Devine told the club website after the game that their opponents played to their strengths, but that the side was looking to bounce back quickly for their next fixture during the week.

“Full credit to the Sixers, they completely deserved the win today, but we’ll dust ourselves off and go again on Wednesday,” Devine said.

“We’re looking forward to taking on the Renegades at the WACA Ground, we know the conditions well, so it’s about going out there and playing to our strengths.

“It was awesome to play at Lilac Hill this weekend, there was an incredible family-friendly vibe and we’re grateful to everyone who came along to support us.”

The Perth Scorchers leave Lilac Hill but remain in their hometown of Perth, playing the Melbourne Renegades at the WACA on Wednesday November 3 from 1:50pm local time.

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