Gaby Lewis steals headline as Scorchers seal unassailable 3-0 lead in super20 series

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Georgina Dempsey's valiant fight went in vain as the Scorchers trumped the Typhoons in the doubleheader - comprehensively in the first and held their nerve to complete a super over win the second - on Sunday (August 8). Gaby Lewis was the star of the day with a 35-ball 50 in the tied encounter. The Scorchers lead the Super20 series 3-0. 

Despite losing the previous game, Delany opted to bat first in the second encounter of the day and Rebecca Stokell and Louise Little provided the Typhoons with a decent start. However, they got out one after the other in short intervals, leaving them at 38 for two after eight overs. 

With a mini-collapse in the middle-order, Dempsey came to the rescue, yet again, scoring 28 from 23 balls. Some vital contributions from Mary Waldron and Celeste Raack helped them finish with 111 for eigh in 20 overs.

Leah Paul and Lewis wasted no time and went after the Typhoons bowling early. Together, they added 19 runs before Paul walked back to the dressing room. Lewis built a partnership along with Shauna Kavanagh, taking the team closer to the target. She smashed 50 runs from 35 balls before getting out to Dempsey. 

The Typhoons bowlers made a strong comeback, restricting the Scorchers to the same total as theirs. With the scores tied, Lewis and Eimear Richardson thrashed Typhoons in the super over as they scored 24 runs in six balls. In reply, they managed to score only three and lost by a margin of 21 runs. 

Earlier, in the third match of the Super20 series, Typhoons skipper Delany opted to bat first. Paul provided the early breakthrough for the Scorchers by getting rid of Stokell. Delany had to walk back to the pavilion due to a runout caused by a mixup in the middle. 

With Hannah Little picking up two more wickets in quick succession, the Typhoons were down to 17 for four. Dempsey, however, tried to revive the innings as she tried to build a partnership with Mary Waldron. The latter scored 12 runs from 22 balls before getting out to Richardson. 

Meanwhile, Dempsey kept the innings going at the other end, taking them closer to the 100-run mark. The Typhoons finished with 96 for nine in 20 overs. Dempsey was the top scorer with a 31-ball 35.

Chasing less than a run-a-ball, Paul lost her opening partner early. However, she, along with, Lara Martiz saw the chase through for the Scorchers. Paul remained unbeaten with 44 runs from 55 balls. Martiz played a handy second fiddle with a 23-ball 29.

Brief scores:

Typhoons: 96/9 in 20 overs (Georgina Dempsey 35, Hannah Little 2/9) lost to Scorchers: 99/3 in 18.2 overs (Leah Paul 44, Ava Canning 1/19) by seven wickets.

Typhoons: 111/8 in 20 overs (Georgina Dempsey 28, Ashlee King 2/19) lost to Scorchers: 111/4 in 20 overs (Gaby Lewis 50, Jane Maguire 2/19) in super over.