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Cloud Nine Bolton Keen To Continue Form

02 February 2018

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Perth Scorchers vice captain Nicole Bolton is steeling her side to avenge last season’s Championship loss as the Club plots a course to a maiden Rebel Women’s Big Bash League trophy this weekend.

The Scorchers yesterday defeated the Sydney Thunder by 27 runs at Optus Stadium in Perth to secure a spot in Sunday’s WBBL Final.

It marks successive appearances in the decider for the Scorchers and Bolton said the team was determined to reverse last year’s seven-run loss to the Sydney Sixers.

“Last year, we had everything going our way; we had a home final, we had the men there and to lose by seven runs in T20, that’s nothing and you sort of lose sleep over it,” Bolton said.

“But what we can do with this group now; we’ve got good experience in finals, we’ve got everyone coming into form and playing good cricket at the right time.

“So all we can do is (play our game) and hope the result takes care of itself.”

Spinner Emma King (3-17(4)) was the stand-out player for the Scorchers during yesterday’s win, taking three wickets, including the prized scalp of Thunder captain Alex Blackwell.

Scorchers captain Elyse Villani tallied up 500 runs for the season off the back of her 38 runs from 37 deliveries, while Player of the Match Bolton made 37 off 26 balls and also claimed the key wicket of Rachael Haynes, sending the opener packing for just one run.

“We’re on cloud nine at the moment after this win,” Bolton said. 

“When we were coming back from Melbourne last week after playing the Renegades, we weren’t even sure if we were going to make the final.

“Today, I think the way Elyse (Villani) came out with such good intent and to have a such a good powerplay like we did, we were able to put on a really good score and then (back it up) in our bowling innings.”

The WBBL|03 Final will be played as a double-header with the KFC Big Bash League Final on Sunday in either Melbourne or Adelaide, depending on today’s Semi Final results.