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Scorchers Secure Victory As Rain Falls In Sydney

31 October 2020

Nicole Bolton and Taneale Peschel // Getty Images

The Perth Scorchers have put in a commanding performance to comfortably account for the Melbourne Renegades at Drummoyne Oval today, securing an 18-run win in a rain-effected game decided by the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method.

Chasing a modest 106 for victory, Sophie Devine (31*) and Beth Mooney (23*) combined for their second consecutive 50+ run partnership at the top of the order, with the score at 0-62 when the rain hit.

After winning the bat flip and electing to field, the Scorchers struck early with three crucial wickets inside the powerplay.

Devine (1-7) broke through in the second over courtesy of a one-handed screamer behind the stumps from Mooney, before Nicole Bolton (2-13) snuck one underneath Erin Fazackerley’s bat in the next to have the Gades reeling at 2-6.

Tight bowling throughout the innings restricted the Renegades to 5-105 from their 20 overs, before the Scorchers’ opening pair started with a bang to be well ahead of the DLS par score as the heavens began to open.

Skipper Devine was awarded player of the match but praised her bowlers after the game;

“We knew the Renegades would come out hard at us, but our bowlers were fantastic early on,” she said.

“We had really clear plans and I thought we executed brilliantly, hence we were able to snare a couple of powerplay wickets.

“I thought Bolts was fantastic… bowling in the powerplay can be a really tough gig and today she kept things simple.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to be able to finish the game properly, but it was nice to spend some time in the middle and get some out of the screws.”

The Scorchers now shift their focus to tomorrow when they take on the Adelaide Strikers at Drummoyne Oval from 6:30am AWST.