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WBBL round-up – Sophie Devine keeps Scorchers on the charge

Perth Scorchers 1 for 123 (Devine 77) beat Melbourne Renegades 3 for 122 (Satterthwaite 48*) by nine wickets

The Scorchers continued to build their mid-tournament momentum as Sophie Devine’s thumping innings followed up a very fine bowling performance against a Renegades side facing a forgettable season. The Renegades’, whose resources have been badly stretched by injury, produced a poorly-paced innings with the power of Lizelle Lee, coming in at No. 4, arriving in the 14th over. Captain Amy Satterthwaite, who has struggled to lift her scoring rate in the tournament, later admitted she was a culpable as most with 48 off 56 balls although Sophie Molineux’s 39 only just hit a run-a-ball. Though only taking three wickets, the Scorchers were excellent with the ball led by Taneale Peschel’s 2 for 17 with her four overs including 15 dots. Although Beth Mooney, the competition’s leading run-scorer, fell in the third over it never felt as though the chase would be a problem although there was a stroke of fortune for Devine in the eighth over when a delivery from Rosemary Mair clipped the stumps but the zinger bails did not dislodge. During her innings Devine clocked up her 100th T20 six while Chloe Piparo, promoted to No. 3, provided excellent support in an unbroken stand of 102 which will also have significant helped the Scorchers’ net run-rate.

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