Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Scorchers knock Stars out with final-ball win. Heather Graham's three-wicket haul set up Perth Scorchers' victory against Melbourne Stars
Heather Graham's three-wicket haul set up Perth Scorchers' victory against Melbourne Stars
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars
Perth Scorchers closed down a chase off the final ball to knock Melbourne Stars out of contention for a knockouts berth. Chasing a total of 122, Scorchers were reduced to 39 for 3 in the ninth over. Chloe Piparo scored a steady 27 before passing on the baton to the pair of Marizanne Kapp and Mathilda Carmichael. The latter scored a 20-ball 30 turning the tide of the contest once more and leaving the Scorchers with nine to get from the final over, which the unbeaten Kapp helped chase down and took her side to the top of the standings.
Earlier in the day, asked to bat, the Stars had a strange innings that saw Elyse Villani hitting a 66-ball 84 with the next highest coming Anabel Sutherland, who scored 9. Heather Graham took 3 for 16 for the Scorchers, who remain in the hunt to secure a home final.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 122/7 in 20 overs (Elyse Villani 84; Heather Graham 3-16) lost to Perth Scorchers 123/6 in 20 overs (Mathilda Carmichael 30, Marizanne Kapp 29*; Annabel Sutherland 2-20) by 4 wickets.
Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers
Adelaide Strikers routed Sydney SIxers by eight wickets, boosting their own chances of progressing to the knockouts. The Sixers, who opted to bat, collapsed to 82-all-out with three members of their top-five bagging ducks. Darcie Brown snared the key wickets of Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner that triggered the domino effect. Sarah Coyte closed the innings with figures of 3 for 12.
The hosts then wiped out the chase in 10.2 overs after Dane van Niekerk (33 off 22) and Katie Mack (24 off 20) blitzed 54 in 5.4 overs. The victory swelled the Strikers' run-rate to 0.804, comfortably ahead of Brisbane Heat in fourth spot with the same number of points.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 82 in 19.2 overs (Lauren Cheatle 16; Sarah Coyte 3-12, Darcie Brown 2-25) lost to Adelaide Strikers 84/2 in 10.2 overs (Dane van Niekerk 33; Maitlan Brown 1-13) by 8 wickets.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder
With both teams out of contention for a spot in the knockouts, Hobart Hurricanes signed off with a four-run victory against Sydney Thunder in their last outing in the 2021 edition of the WBBL. Mignon du Preez (87 not out off 61) was in a league of her own while the rest of the batters struggled to get going. Molly Strano's 23* towards the end helped the Hurricanes post 147/5.
Smriti Mandhana was dismissed for a duck in her last WBBL game of the season while Tahlia Wilson also fell early. Usful 30s from Sammy-Jo Johnson, Deepti Sharma and Anika Learoyd kept Thunder in the hunt. However, from 107/3 Thunder slipper to 116/6, and the equation was 24 off the last two overs. Phoebe Litchfield struck a six and a four off Ruth Johnston in the 19th over, bringing it down to 11 off the final over. Sasha Moloney bowled an excellent final over, bagging two wickets and conceded only six runs as Thunder fell short. Belinda Vakarewa was the pick of the Hurricanes' bowlers, bagging three wickets for only eight runs.
Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 147/5 in 20 overs (Mignon du Preez 87*, Molly Strano 23*; Samantha Bates 2-22) beat Sydney Thunder 143/9 in 20 overs (Sammy-Jo Johnson 39, Anika Learoyd 34; Belinda Vakarewa 3-8, Sasha Moloney 2-17) by 4 runs.