WBBL09’s contenders starting to emerge

AS the WBBL moves into the second half of its season, the gap between the top half of the ladder and the bottom is starting to open up.

Scorchers dominate Renegades

In the first game of yesterday’s double header, the Perth Scorchers made a bit of a statement with a 10 wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades. After the Renegades only made 5/133, the Scorchers reached that target in just over 11 overs.

Scorchers openers Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine feasted on some poor Renegades bowling – which included 15 wides – to get the job done easily. Devine blasted eight sixes and two fours on her way to 70 not out, while Mooney smacked nine fours on her way to 47 not out.

Earlier Amy Edgar topped the wicket tally for the Scorchers with two wickets, while Alana King, Taneale Peschel and Piepa Cleary each took one wicket.

Meanwhile, Georgia Wareham was a lone force of resistance with the bat for the Renegades, as her 57 not out was by far the top score for the home side. For comparison, Tammy Beaumont’s 24 was the second highest score.

Heat slog out win over reigning champs

The Brisbane Heat certainly left it to the last minute, but they still picked up a handy four wicket win over the reigning champions the Adelaide Strikers. After the Strikers posted 4/137 from their 20 overs, it took the Heat until the penultimate ball of their innings to reach the tally.

The Heat innings stumbled early, going from 1/24 in the 3rd over to 2/24 four balls later. They were unable to put huge partnerships together, but in the end the experienced heads of the likes of Mignon du Preez (60) got the Heat most of the way, but had to leave others to finish the job.  

Earlier it had been Madeline Penna who was the backbone of the Strikers’ innings, making 57 not out. She was assisted for much of the back end of the innings by Danielle Gibson (34 not out) as the pair put on a 66 run partnership.

From a bowling perspective, Charli Knott, Amelia Kerr and Megan Schutt were the pick of the bowlers for their respective teams, taking two wickets each.

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