The Hobart Hurricanes would have thought their season had finally got going on Monday when they finally secure their first win of the season. While the Melbourne Renegades had allowed them that Win the Perth Scorchers wasn’t in a generous mood today as the opening pair of Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton smashed their way to victory with an opening partnership of 79 from 57 balls.
The Scorchers were miserly with the ball as only one four was hit in the powerplay. Katherine Brunt dismissed both the opening batters at the end of her second over, Matthews advanced at the England fast bowler and looped it to Villani at mid-on.
Stefanie Daffara was lbw next ball to leave the Hurricanes 21 for 2. Georgia Redmayne and Isobel Joyce (captaining despite the return of Corinne Hall) found the going difficult at the start. 14 runs were scored from the next five overs and it was only in the next over that the second four of the innings was scored.
Joyce, in particular, started to pick up the pace as the two batters put on 98 from 97 balls. Joyce was lucky to survive an appeal for a catch when it was hit low to Nat Sciver at Mid-wicket who claimed the catch, but the third-umpire was called for and with a soft signal from the on-field umpires didn’t have enough evidence to overturn the decision.
The first eight overs cost the Hurricanes as they could only post 122 for 4 from their overs. It looked at least 30 runs short. Especially considering the hard-hitting batters that the Scorchers have at their disposal.
That soon became evident when Villani and Bolton set about attacking the Hurricanes bowlers from the start. The Scorchers sat sixth in the standings at the start of the game and knew a convincing win would take them above the Brisbane Heat on run-rate, albeit, with a game in hand.
The Hurricanes could not force Villani off strike early on 20 runs were bludgeoned from the first two overs and the Hurricanes didn’t look to have any answers to the hard-hitting Villani. When Bolton did get on strike she set about hitting the Hurricanes bowlers just as hard as her teammate.
Bolton, however, tried one big shot too many and hitting across the line off Nicola Hancock could only give mid-on an easy catch.
Villani was dropped on 37 and 38 off the bowling of Katelyn Fryett, but the damage had already been done. The Scorchers captain finished on 70 not out from 48 balls as her side won by nine wickets with 24 balls to spare.
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes 122for 4 (Joyce 52*, Cleary 2 for 11)
Perth Scorchers 126 for 1 (Villani 70*, Hancock 1 for 25)