Devine reigns supreme against Melbourne Renegades; Harris sisters combine to take Heat home

Sophie Devine in action during WBBL06. © Getty Images

Skipper Sophie Devine smashed an unbeaten 77 off 54 balls and shared an unbeaten 102-run partnership with Chloe Piparo to take Perth Scorchers to an easy nine-wicket- their third in a row – against Melbourne Renegades in season six of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Laura Kimmince starred with a powerful cameo, before the bowlers, headed by Grace Harris, helped Brisbane Heat register a 14-run win against Adelaide Strikers at the Drummoyne Oval on Saturday (November 14).

Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers

Devine took her time, mixing caution with aggression, after losing her opening partner Beth Mooney early in the chase to a quicker one from Sophie Molineux. Piparo, batting at three, eased into the chase with a couple of boundaries off Carly Leeson in the powerplay. The pair had some lucky escapes during their partnership with Renegades fielders failing to grab chances and at one instance the bails refused to dislodge when Piparo inside-edged one on to the stumps.

In the 11th over, Devine took on Ella Hayward hitting the off-spinner for a back-to-back four and six. She brought up her fifty in the next over with a single, her 15th in the WBBL, and went on a rampage in the next couple of overs to cruise past the Renegade’s total of 122. She first smashed fellow New Zealander Rosemary Mair for a six to bring up her 100th in the competition and hit her for another four in the next ball before repeating the feat in the next Molineux over to finish the match off in 14.5 overs.

Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Renegades lost Leeson early when she went for a hoick across the stumps and was caught at mid-off in the second over off Taneale Peschel for just two.

Amy Satterthwaite started off with a couple of drivers through cover as Piepa Cleary sprayed the ball around in her first over. But the pair of Satterthwaite and Molineux struggled to get a fast start in the powerplay with Devine and Peschel keeping it tight for the Scorchers.

Satterthwaite had a lucky reprieve when she was bowled off a no-ball from Cleary in the seventh over. The Renegades duo finally managed to break free again when Molineux smashed Heather Graham for two fours in a period that saw five boundaries coming in three overs. Just as they were looking good for more, Devine ended the 76-run partnership getting Molineux caught at mid-off.

Renegades failed to get the final push as the batters struggling to find the boundaries on what seemed like a good batting wicket. Only two fours came in the last five overs, both from Courtney Webb’s bat in the last over, as they meandered along to a score of 122 for 3 from their 20 overs.

Satterthwaite remained not out on 48 off 56 balls, Peschel was the most successful bowler for the Scorchers, with figures of 2 for 17.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

Meanwhile, at Drummoyne Oval, Heat managed to get the better of Strikers by 14 runs thanks to a combined effort from the Harris sisters, Laura and Grace, with the bat and the ball. First, Kimmince scored a 17-ball 41 and Harris backed her up with a four-wicket haul.

Put into bat, Heat had a slow start scoring only 14 runs from the first four overs and they lost in-form Georgia Redmayne early with Tahlia McGrath bowling the left-hander for four.

In the company of Jess Jonassen, Harris tried to give the innings some momentum, but it was slow going for the side in teal as they could score reach only 53 at the halfway stage.

Megan Schutt’s return in the 13th over saw Harris getting stumped by Tegan McPharlin for a 41-ball 32. The introduction of Wellington in the next over compounded Heat’s problems, as she trapped Jonassen in front for 19 with her second delivery. In her next over, she struck twice, first getting Georgia Voll to hit one to mid-on and then had Maddy Green stumped, to leave Heat reeling at 71 for 5 in 15.3 overs.

At that stage, it looked like Heat’s innings was going nowhere, but Kimmince had other ideas. She took on Wellington and smashed two boundaries in the same over, and then proceeded to use her brute power to thump Sarah Coyte and McGrath for three sixes before clobbering a couple of boundaries as well.

In the company of Amelia Kerr, who chipped in with a 10-ball 16, Kimmince put on a 54-run partnership in 21 balls and her assault took the defending champions to a competitive total of 136 for 7 in their 20 overs. Her 17-ball 41 included four fours and three sixes.

Wellington was the most successful bowler for the Strikers, taking 4 for 24 from three overs.

Chasing 137 to win, openers McGrath and Katie Mack started cautiously for the Strikers. Although the pair looked solid, they couldn’t give the side the fast start that was needed and scored only 30 runs in the powerplay.

The pair managed to score at a run-a-ball in the next four overs and brought up their fifty partnership. However, they faltered, when Mack was stumped off Harris in the 11th over. Wolvaardt soon followed suit when she was removed by Kerr in the next over.

When Stafanie Taylor joined McGrath in the middle, Strikers needed 75 off 51 balls. The West Indies skipper started her innings in style hitting Nicola Hancock for two fours. After that, the runs were not as easy to come by. Although the pair managed to sneak the odd boundary here and there, they couldn’t get some big overs in to reduce the required run rate.

Eventually it came down to 29 from the last two overs and Strikers lost the duo in consecutive balls in the 19th over bowled by Harris ending any hope they had of pulling off an improbable win. Adelaide Strikers finished on 122 for 7, 14 runs short of their target. Harris was the most successful bowler for Heat with figures of 4 for 16.

Brief Scores: 

Melbourne Renegades 122/3 in 20 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 48*, Sophie Molineux 39; Taneale Peschel 2/17) lost to Perth Scorchers 123/1 in 14.5 overs (Sophie Devine 77*, Chloe Piparo 33*; Sophie Molineux 1/25) by nine wickets. PoTM: Sophie Devine

Brisbane Heat 136/7 in 20 overs (Laura Kimmince 41, Grace Harris 32; Amanda-Jade Wellington 4/24) beat Adelaide Strikers 122/7 in 20 overs (Tahlia McGrath 52, Stafanie Taylor 27; Grace Harris 4/16) by 14 runs. PoTM: Laura Kimmince