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Scorchers’ Georgia Redmayne hits a half century in our semi final clash with the Strikers

Scorchers Finals Hopes Stumped

07 December 2019

The Perth Scorchers have fallen by eight wickets to the Adelaide Strikers today in what was a gutsy semi-final effort in stifling heat at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field.

The Scorchers got off to a shaky start with big-hitting skipper Meg Lanning unable to make her usual impact on the scoreboard, the opener removed by Sophie Devine for one in the second over.

The visitors experienced further blows to their top order during the powerplay, the wickets of Chloe Piparo (6) and Nicole Bolton (12) falling too soon.

Scorchers’ Georgia Redmayne and Jemma Barsby (31) wouldn’t have a bar of it, the pair flicking the switch to post a gutsy 88-run partnership in the sweltering Brissy conditions.

Redmayne made her half century in emphatic fashion finishing with figures of 51 off 42 balls, including a massive six and three fours.

It was game on for the Perth bowlers who were defending a challenging target of 126 runs.

Nicole Bolton made the moves early on, with the superb run out of Strikers skipper Suzie Bates for one in the second over.

The second wicket didn’t come until the 13th over when Kim Garth took the big scalp of Tahlia McGrath (36) and finished with figures of 1-33 off four overs.

But it was WBBL Player of the Tournament Sophie Devine (65 not out) who proved unstoppable, the opening Strikers batter leading her side to the eight-wicket win with two overs remaining.

Meg Lanning said it was a disappointing loss to what has been a very strong season for the side.

“We were probably 30 short with the bat to start off with and when you’re defending that total you need everything to go right,” she said.

“We bowled reasonably well. We created chances but we couldn’t take them unfortunately and any time we were able to put a bit of pressure on the Strikers, we seemed to let them off with a bad ball.

“Sophie Devine again, she was too hard to stop today and the Strikers outplayed us.

“I think to get nine wins in a regular season is a pretty good effort. It’s a pretty hard competition to win a lot of games in and to get to finals is a good start.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t play our best game today, but I think overall we look back on the last few months and we’re pretty proud of the season we’ve had.”