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Scorchers Secure Double Win Over Sixers

24 November 2019

The Perth Scorchers have secured their second straight victory at Lilac Hill, smashing the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets thanks to a superb 81-run innings by skipper Meg Lanning.

Lanning (81 off 50) was a force to be reckoned with, smacking the boundary 11 times, including two impressive sixes for the fans to claim Player of the Match honours.

The captain’s class act set Perth up for a strong remaining run chase after she was dismissed by Hollie Armitage in the 18th over.

The home side got off to a flying start at the community venue, Nat Sciver (1-35) taking the massive wicket of Sixers skipper Alyssa Healy on the very first ball of the day.

Scorchers spirits were at an all-time high, but it wasn’t long until Sixers’ Ashleigh Gardner made her presence known, knocking four fours and two sixes in the powerplay to lead the visitors to 1-47.

Sam Betts wouldn’t have a bar of it, taking the big wicket of Gardner (54) in her first over of the match before sending Marizanne Kapp (3) to the sheds to finish with figures of 2-20 from three overs.

Nicole Bolton was also one to watch with the two epic run outs of Lauren Smith (1) and Hollie Armitage (24).

Chasing a target of 164, Lanning and Amy Jones (41) did what they do best, putting on a dominant opening 104-run partnership, their fourth 100-run effort for the 2019 WBBL season.

Scorchers’ Nat Sciver stepped up after Jones was dismissed and finished it off for the side, making 39 not out to secure the eight-wicket win with four balls remaining.

Jones said today’s win rounds off a very strong second half of the season for the side.

“The partnership between Meg and I seems to be going really well. We enjoy batting together, we hit in different areas and we have been really good at picking up where the other one has been struggling,” she said.

“The Sixers have some world-class bowlers, we didn’t want to force anything too early. It’s a great wicket out here and we had faith we could catch up and sure enough Meg found the boundary with ease today.

“The squad is really happy at the moment, having a few wins in the second half of the season is great and to beat the Sixers twice is a fantastic effort as they are a really good side.

“We have shown as a side we have got some real depth and lots of players stepping up, which should put us in good stead come finals if we qualify.”

The Scorchers also won in the dog department, smashing their record with 25 pooches at today’s match which attracted a crowd of 2,435.

The Scorchers now turn their focus to next weekend when they return to Lilac Hill take on the Hobart Hurricanes.

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