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Shafali made 57 off 50
Hobart Hurricanes Women vs Sydney Sixers Women
A mature half-century from overseas recruit Shafali Verma helped Sydney Sixers pick up their second win on the trot in the Women's Big Bash League. Hosts Hobart Hurricanes put up a disappointing show with the bat and ended up losing as a result by five wickets. It took Ellyse Perry just five balls to get into action as she got rid of Rachel Priest in the second over of the game and from thereon it was just one-way traffic. Hurricanes lost three wickets in the powerplay and if not for Richa Ghosh's 46, they would have struggled to breach 100. Eventually, the home side finished with a moderate 125 on the board with four bowlers including India's Radha Yadav picking up two wickets apiece.
Tayla Vlaeminck and Molly Strano then gave their side the ideal start by striking early but Perry managed to steady the ship in her new role for the Sixers at number 4. She scored a 33-ball 27 with Shafali also mixing caution with aggression to put Sixers ahead. The Indian batter, who made only 8 on her WBBL debut, went on to score a half-century. Even though Hurricanes did strike a couple of times late in the chase, Sixers managed to scrape through with three balls still remaining.
Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes Women 125/9 in 20 overs (Richa Ghosh 46; Ellyse Perry 2-9, Maitlan Brown 2-23) lost to Sydney Sixers Women 129/5 in 19.3 overs (Shafali Verma 57; Ellyse Perry 27; Molly Strano 3-19) by 5 wickets
Perth Scorchers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women
Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat were involved in a thrilling game in Hobart that saw the former come out on top via a Super Over. Chasing 138, Brisbane were 128/7 by the end of the 19th over. Needing 10 runs from the final over, they became favourites to win the contest after Nadine de Klerk fetched a boundary first ball. However, the game turned once again when the batting side lost two wickets in the space of three balls leaving Brisbane needing 3 from the final delivery. Nicola Hancock managed to pick up two runs to tie the game but in the ensuing Super Over, Sophie Devine struck two sixes to chase down the target of 13 set by Brisbane.
It was indeed a terrific comeback by Scorchers who were on the verge of losing the contest following the start given by Grace Harris. At the halfway mark, Brisbane needed only 50 runs from 60 deliveries with eight wickets in hand as a result of Harris's fireworks. But Alana King and Lilly Mills brought their side back into the contest by striking regularly in the middle overs that kept Scorchers' faint hopes alive. Earlier in the evening, Beth Mooney's 37-ball 40 and a late cameo from Chloe Piparo helped Scorchers post 137 on the board. India's Poonam Yadav chipped in with a couple of wickets.
Brief scores: Perth Scorchers Women 137/7 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 40, Chloe Piparo 20*; Jess Jonassen 3-16) beat Brisbane Heat Women 137/9 in 20 overs (Grace Harris 41; Lilly Mills 3-28, Alana King 2-24) via Super Over