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Cricket news - Nida Dar's efforts in vain as Scorchers prevail in low-scoring thriller

Nida Dar made 43 in the chase but Thunder still lost by 11 runs.

Natalie Sciver and Heather Graham both scored 27 each and picked two wickets apiece in Perth Scorcher's third victory on the trot in the WBBL, this time beating Sydney Thunder by 11 runs in a low-scoring thriller at the WACA.

Inserted to bat first, Scorchers lost top-order wickets at regular intervals that denied them any sort of momentum. The only notable contribution came from captain Meg Lanning, who took 29 balls for her 25.

Sciver and Graham then put on a 43-run partnership for the fifth wicket that lasted six overs and took the hosts past the 100-run mark. Sciver was the first to be dismissed,off the first ball of the 19th over, after a 26-ball knock that included just a solitary boundary. Graham was run out halfway through the final over, for a run-a-ball 27, giving Scorchers a below par 116 from their allotted overs.

Thunder had a forgettable start to what seemed like an easy chase. The visitors slipped to 39 for 5 by the end of the eighth over, with three of the top-five getting dismissed for ducks and only one managing a score in double digits. Kim Garth starred there with two wickets, including that of Alex Blackwell for just six.

Nida Dar then held up one end. She stitched two valuable stands with Hannah Darlington and Lisa Griffith - both of who scored 11 each off 14 deliveries - that revived Thunder's hopes. They were left to get 18 off the final two overs, with the destructive Dar in the middle but Graham bowled an excellent penultimate over for just two runs and a morale-deflating wicket that mounted Thunder's woes.

With 16 required off the final six balls, Dar was Thunder's only hope but the Pakistan all-rounder fell off the fourth ball, giving Scorchers an 11-run victory that eventually helped them leapfrog their opponents to the second spot in the points table.

Brief scores: Perth Scorchers Women 116/6 in 20 overs (Natalie Sciver 27, Heather Graham 27; Rene Farrell 2-24) beat Sydney Thunder Women 105 in 19.4 overs (Nida Dar 43; Kim Garth 3-21) by 11 runs.

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