We’ve got the depth in our batting line-up to win from any position, says Beth Mooney

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We’ve got the depth in our batting line-up to win from any position, says Beth Mooney

Beth Mooney in action against Sydney Sixers. © Getty Images

Chasing 138, Scorchers lost last match centurion Sophie Devine for just four, before Mooney along with Nicole Bolton and later with Megan Banting got them over the line in the final over.

“All the girls have played a lot of cricket, they know the inside-out and I have full faith in the group. Sophie and I come out at the top of the order. Nicole Bolton who has played international cricket is coming at no.3. Then you have the likes of Heather Graham and Chloe Piparo who can take the game on as well.

“Megan Banting can also hit, so regardless of what happens in the first six overs we’ve got the depth in our batting line-up to win from any position.” Speaking on their win, she said, “We’re pretty fortunate to get two wins on the board in a row against a quality Sixers outfit who have pretty much been the benchmark of this whole competition in the last six years.”

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Despite losing Devine in the fifth ball of the innings, Mooney produced a fine knock scoring a brilliant 75 not out off 64 balls to form the backbone of the chase. She carried her bat to hit the winning runs with five balls to spare.

“Some good, some bad things to matter. People would probably laugh at me for saying that. It’s not a perfect day for cricket, but it’s always nice to contribute and get the team over the line. Our bowlers did an outstanding job. At one stage I thought they would score about 160, which would have been really difficult for us, but our bowlers did an outstanding job to keep them to 135,” she added.

Asked what’s her mantra for such a chase? Mooney stated, “Just stay in the game as long as possible. When the run rate blows up on a wicket like that with the ball starts getting soft, it gets difficult to come back from. It’s about staying ahead of the game. As I said before our bowlers did a wonderful job in restricting them to that total.”

“We were ahead of the game from the start. We would’ve liked to have finished the game a little earlier than we did in the 20th over, that wasn’t to be but we got over the line in the end,” the left-hander added.

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Mooney, who made a move from Brisbane Heat to Scorchers this season, also spoke about the team environment. “I feel pretty grateful that Scorchers wanted me to be a part of their team. Obviously the opportunity to work with Shelley and Sophie Devine, I have been impressed with the way they go about their businesses.

“We have got a pretty wonderful group of support staff as well. It’s been the same as transition and I am really glad and proud of myself that I made the move,” she said. Amy Jones, who has been sidelined for quite a few matches started her batting at the nets recently.

Giving an update about the English wicketkeeper, Mooney said, “Hopefully Amy Jones is back from injury and not too far from playing again. Jones is a world-class player. She has got an enormous amount of knowledge about the game. She is another one who I have been really impressed by the way she goes about in business,” she concluded.