Another Beth Mooney batting masterclass and an even bowling performance propelled the Scorchers to a convincing 61-run victory over Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval today.
Sensational Scorchers smash Sixers
Star Scorchers opener Beth Mooney scored an unbeaten 91 off 57 balls in Thursday's clash to lift her team to a formidable 6-189.
Perry snared 2-26 with the ball, took two catches in the field and pulled off a direct-hit run out.
The 33-year-old then made a strong start with the bat, cracking five fours and two sixes to get the Sixers' run-chase off to a positive start.
But her decision to take a quick single after playing a shot to mid-off proved disastrous, with Piepa Cleary gathering the ball on the run and throwing down the stumps in the same action to find Perry metres short of her crease.
Perry's dismissal for 40 off 29 balls sparked a collapse of 6-37 as the Sixers crashed to defeat, bringing an end to their four-match winning run.
Five Scorchers, meanwhile, finished among the wickets during a disciplined display, highlight by the spells of young star Chloe Ainsworth (2-12 from four overs), and spin pair Alana King (2-27 from four) and Amy Edgar (2-23 from 3.3).
But it was the Mooney show from that point on as the 29-year-old thumped nine fours and four sixes to dismantle the Sixers' attack.
Mooney has catapulted into the lead in the BKT Golden Bat Award, overtaking teammate Sophie Devine, compiling 509 runs at 72.71 in 11 innings to in WBBL|09 so far.
Spinner Amy Edgar (2-23) impressed yet again, taking multiple wickets for the third straight match.
Edgar is now one of four players sitting atop the WBBL|09 wicket-taking table with 19 scalps, alongside Annabel Sutherland (Melbourne Stars), Sophie Day (Melbourne Stars) and Lauren Cheatle (Sydney Sixers).
Mooney is delighted with her own form, but her mind remains firmly on team success as the Scorchers season continues to gain momentum.
"I'm happy with how I'm going, but it only counts if we get to those finals," Mooney told Fox Cricket after the match.
"Hopefully we keep on a roll and humming along nicely.
"It was an all-round Scorchers performance today. I thought our bowlers did an amazing job."
Erin Burns provided the highlight of the match when she dived at full length while running at pace to take a spectacular catch to dismiss Scorchers import Amy Jones for 28.
Following today’s win, the Scorchers remain first on the WBBL|09 ladder with eight wins and three losses from 11 games.
The Scorchers will hope to extend their winning streak to five matches when they take on fourth-placed Sydney Thunder at the newly-built Cricket Central on Saturday afternoon, starting at 12:00pm WST.