It was another slow scorer at Alice Springs as the Adelaide Strikers defended a low total on a slow looking pitch that didn’t offer the comfort of inventive T20 style shots. It was the Strikers who held their nerve for the second day in a row. Defending only 107 they won by 31 runs.
It was Suzie Bates who again led from the front for the Strikers as she anchored the batting with a score of 27 and took the vital wickets of Elyse Villani and Natalie Sciver to put the Perth Scorchers on the back foot.
It hadn’t started that well as Tammy Beaumont ran herself out taking on the arm of Lauren Ebsary. It was the New Zealand international pair of Bates and Sophie Devine that steadied the ship for the Strikers as they put on 45 for the second wicket from 53 balls.
Devine knew that she would be the batter who would need to start taking the attack to the Scorchers bowlers and she was doing just that when she hit Emma King to the long on boundary and Sciver made a lot of ground to grab hold of the catch.
The only batter that looked to dominate the bowlers from the start was Tahlia McGrath. Of the nine fours that the Strikers scored it was McGrath that scored five of them.
What the Scorchers didn’t learn was that it was a ground that you needed to hit down the ground on. There were too many crossed bat shots that added to disciplined Strikers bowling led to the downfall of the Scorchers.
Villani was the first wicket to go as she looked to guide Bates through the leg side. When Sciver misjudged the length of Bates and was bowled it started to look difficult for the Scorchers.
Much would rely on Nicole Bolton who was going steady when on thirty she tried to reverse sweep Alex Price on 30. It left the Scorchers on 47 for 5.
Of the lower order, only Thamsyn Newton looked to have a measure of the pitch scoring 16 from 15 balls, before being stumped by Tegan McPharlin, who nearly missed the opportunity to complete the stumping standing up to Tahlia McGrath.
The Scorchers lost all their wickets for just 57 runs. It was a result that will have hurt them as they missed the opportunity to go forth in the table. They have shown that they have been able to come back from setbacks.
The Strikers now face four games against the two Sydney sides so it was important for them to win to cement their place at the top of the table. They will feel confident that they can win the tight games against the best teams and under Bates captaincy that can’t be ruled out.
Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers 107 for 7 (McGrath 34, Brunt 2 for 15)
Perth Scorchers 76 all out (Bolton 30, Price 2 for 4)