WBBL 2021: Perth Scorchers powered to victory on back of Sophie Devine century against Sydney Thunder
Captain Sophie Devine’s third WBBL hundred has powered the Perth Scorchers to a 81-run victory over the Sydney Thunder in Launceston on Sunday.
Devine blasted half a dozen sixes and eight boundaries on her way to 101 from 60 deliveries, partnering with Beth Mooney for a 173-opening run stand which demoralised the reigning champions as Perth posted an imposing total of 2-186.
The New Zealand all-rounder made her intentions clear when she launched a delivery from Deepti Sharma over the mid-wicket boundary for six in the third over, before sending the Thunder bowlers to all parts of the ground in an impressive knock.
Mooney was overshadowed but her performance was just as vital, supporting her skipper with a 30th WBBL half-century to finish 65 off 54 as the perfect foil for the aggressive Devine.
Issy Wong eventually got the breakthrough in the 19th over when she dismissed Mooney, before Devine was caught in the deep off Thunder captain Hannah Darlington as she tried to post as many runs as she could off the final over of the innings.
Scorchers recruit Alana King then put the Thunder into a spin, taking a career-best 4-11 from four overs with her leg breaks as the Thunder were dismissed for 105.
Earlier in the day, a fighting half century from Ellyse Perry was not enough to save the Sydney Sixers from a seven-wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades.
Perry and former Scorchers all-rounder Nicole Bolton (38 runs) saved the Sixers from 3-12 with an 80-run partnership, with the captain’s unbeaten 50 off 51 deliveries seeing her side to a defendable 4-118 from their 20 overs.
The Renegades chased it down with three overs to spare thanks to Eve Jones (38), Courtney Webb (23) and Harmanpreet Kaur (35 not out).
Adelaide Strikers quick Darcie Brown took a hat-trick in her team’s five run loss to the Brisbane Heat in a rain-affected match.
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