Unable to score enough runs to hold off the girls in orange, the Stars were no match for the Scorchers’ opening pair and have endured their fourth loss of the WBBL|02 season.
Perth Scorchers 1-118 def. Melbourne Stars 6-117 by 9 wickets.
Losing the toss and sent into bat first, Wes and the Skipper made their way out into the heat to start us off. It was a slow start for our girls, making only 23 runs after the first five overs. It took until the eighth over for the Scorchers to get their breakthrough wicket with Wes the first to go, departing for 14 off 28 balls from a catch in the outfield. The Skipper soon followed, unfortunately run-out for 30 off 27.
Although our girls were striking well, the Scorchers’ fielding was proving a challenge, seen when JC was caught out for 15 runs in the 14th over. With Sciv then run-out and Hayley Jensen sent on her way after a stumping, K-Mack or Emma Kearney needed to smack a few to keep the total competitive.
And that’s exactly what Kearney did. Hitting 3 boundaries and a HUGE six, we managed to finish the innings with 117.
Unfortunately the Scorchers' opening partnership of Bates and Villani proved too good for our bowlers, with each scoring a half-century. Reaching the winning score by the 17th over, Mornz was the only one to take a wicket today, snagging Villani for 57.
We got a MASSIVE hit from Emma Kearney this afternoon and believe us when we say you will want to watch this over and over again! In the final overs of our batting innings when we really needed runs to keep us in the game, Flem absolutely let one fly over the rope. With a Scorchers player sitting right on the rope hoping to catch our girl out, Kearney’s hit was just too big and the ball made its way over the rope.
Unfortunately today we just think that the Scorchers opening partnership of Bates and Villani was just too good that we think they were the real standout players from today. With both girls scoring half-centuries and making the runs to get the Scorchers over the line, they absolutely dominated today’s game and won it for the girls in orange off their own bats.
“The Scorchers bowled to us really well early on and unfortunately we weren’t able to get off to a flying start like we normally do and then we had to catch up from there. We thought that a score of 118 with the bowling line-up we’ve got could be defendable but on a deck like this and with an outfield that’s super quick it wasn’t enough in the end.” - Emma Kearney
The Next Game
Our girls get another chance against the Renegades on Saturday at Etihad Stadium in the second double-header Derby of the season. All the action kicks off at 2.35pm and can be seen LIVE on our Facebook page or cricket.com.au.