Nicole Bolton will score better fifties in her career, but she will not score many more important than the one she scored today at Lilac Hill. Knowing a win was needed to keep their place inside the top four Bolton anchored the innings for the Scorchers as the Hobart Hurricanes put in a spirited performance as they scored their highest first innings total in WBBL03. In the end, the Perth Scorchers won by six wickets with seven balls to spare.
It was again the batting of Georgia Redmayne and Isobel Joyce who helped the Hurricanes recover from a difficult start as they lost both openers with the score on 24. Steffanie Daffara was bowled by Natalie Sciver playing across the line.
Hayley Matthews couldn’t keep down a delivery which bounced more than she expected from Piepa Cleary and it ballooned to Sciver.
Redmayne and Joyce set about steadying the innings and as they did yesterday they allowed the Hurricanes to drag themselves back in the game. Their partnership of 45 came from 50 balls.
Joyce looked to target Tamsyn Newton but instead of smashing through the onside it took the edge off the bat and loped to Bolton at the point.
Veronica Pyke and Corinne Hall were dismissed in single figures, but with Redmayne still there she was joined by Sasha Moloney and they upped the run-rate to post a total of 130 for seven.
Redmayne scored her first fifty of WBBL03 and her second in her career in the competition.
It would not be an easy chase for the Scorchers who were playing on a pitch that wasn’t as fast as the game at the WACA the day before.
Elyse Villani showed intent early on and raced to 21 from 13 balls before pulling Katelyn Fryett straight to square leg Where Brook Hepburn took an easy catch.
When Megan Banting mistimed a pull shot two balls later to go for a duck the Scorchers were starting to find the game far from easy.
Sciver and Bolton added 39 for the third wicket from 40 balls to keep the Scorchers in the game. The run-rate was creeping up Sciver chipped to square leg the Hurricanes were suddenly more intent in the field.
Bolton was judging the situation and although she was dropped on 38 never looked like the game was out of her control. With the target in sight, she raised her game and found the boundary at the end of a Joyce over. In the following over from Matthews, she hit a four to and then a six to win the match in style.
Bolton took 57 balls to get to fifty and at times didn’t look at her fluent best but she dug in and fought hard for her side and in the end, it was a more comfortable win than it looked like it would be at a lot of stages along the way.
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes 130 for 7 (Redmayne 53, Newton 1 for 7)
Perth Scorchers 134 for 4 (Bolton 60*, Fryett 2 for 20)