Big Bash League 2017 : Perth Scorchers Women defeat Sydney Sixers Women by 9 wickets

Perth Scorchers Women defeated Sydney Sixers Women in the 7th match of ongoing Women’s Big Bash League. The BBL match was played on 12th December 2017 at North Dalton Park stadium, which is situated in Wollongong. Batting first, Sydney Sixers Women scored 122 runs in 120 balls. Perth Scorchers Women chased the target of 123 runs successfully and registered second victory in this season of WBBL.

After winning the toss, Perth Scorchers Women elected to bowl first. Sydney Sixers’ opener players Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry stepped into the field to start the inning. Performing unsatisfactorily in the initial phase of inning, Healy and Perry did not score much runs for their team. After scoring 15 runs in 9 balls, Healy lost her wicket in 2nd over.

Ashleigh Gardner replaced Healy as the next woman cricketer and returned to pavilion in 7th over after scoring 7 runs in 12 balls. Erin Burns came to bat next after Gardner’s dismissal and played vital role in taking team’s total score beyond triple digit figure. Meanwhile, Perry lost her wicket in 9th over. The lady cricketer scored 15 runs in 30 balls.

Perry was replaced by Sara McGlashan as the woman cricketer to bat next. Sara accompanied Burns for few minutes on the cricket field and lost her wicket after scoring 13 runs in 15 balls. Women cricketers in middle order of batting lineup could not score huge runs for the team and lost their wickets at equal intervals of time.

Hitting 2 fours, Lauren Smith confronted hard in the end to fetch maximum runs in minimum balls. Meanwhile, Burns walked back to pavilion after loosing her wicket in 17th over. Smith scored 13 runs in 9 balls. The first inning ended with Sydney Sixers Women scoring 122 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 8 wickets.

Sydney Sixers’ bowlers Emma King, Heather Graham and Katherine Brunt picked up two wickets each. The other spinners and pacers in the team went wicketless in this match. Sydney Sixers Women started the run-chase with a good start. Opener cricketers Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton rendered pivotal roles in their team’s victory.

Hitting 2 sixes and 2 fours, Nicole Bolton scored 42 runs in 46 balls. After Bolton lost her wicket in 16th over, Natalie Sciver came to bat next. Sciver accompanied her team’s captain Elyse Villani, who was batting at the other end of strike. Villani smashed 11 fours and 2 sixes to score 74 runs in 61 balls. Sydney Sixers Women scored 123 runs in 18.2 overs and won the match. Villani bagged ‘Player of the Match’ award for her excellent batting performance.

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