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Scorchers Fall Short In Gutsy Opener

25 October 2020

Sophie Devine // Getty Images

The Perth Scorchers have fallen by seven wickets to the Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval today, Sunday 25 October, in their first match of the 2020 rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

It was a strong start for the Scorchers as skipper Sophie Devine (26) and Beth Mooney took to the crease in a new-look opening partnership, producing 55 runs between them.

The T20 player of the tournament in Australia's World Cup win earlier this year, Mooney compiled a composed 37 before being run out by Brisbane’s Georgia Prestwidge.

English import Amy Jones and allrounder Nicole Bolton, who made 25 runs each, backed up by the openers with a half-century partnership of their own to push the Scorchers total into triple figures.

However, five wickets in the final two overs of the innings restricted Perth to 7-132 from their 20 overs.

Piepa Cleary picked up a wicket on her return from injury during her first over of the innings, while team mate Heather Graham and debutant English leg-spinner Sarah Glenn took a wicket a-piece.

As the rain began to fall at North Sydney Oval the Heat hurried the pace and, thanks largely to Grace Harris (53), chased down the total in 17 overs.

Scorchers skipper Sophie Devine said;

“We know how high-scoring North Sydney Oval is and we would’ve like to have had at least 160, we were definitely 20 or 30 short today.

“Beth and I just wanted to go out there and bat together, it was great to be on her side and it was nice to lay a bit of a platform for the team, but I think it’s about kicking on now.

“Sarah did a great job today, I think she was difficult to handle and challenged the bat…she is a great addition to the team and will pick up a lot of wickets in this tournament.”

The Scorchers now shift their focus to tomorrow when they take on the Hobart Hurricanes at Hurstville Oval from 11.20amAWST.