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Scorchers fall to the Heat



The Perth Scorchers have suffered their second loss in as many days, going down by four wickets to the two time defending Champions Brisbane Heat at Hurstville Oval.


Less than 24 hours since its defeat to the red-hot Melbourne Stars, the Scorchers let slip a game that was theirs for the taking.


The loss leaves the Scorchers in a log jam to lock in another finals appearance with pivotal games to come against the Hobart Hurricanes and the Adelaide Strikers to conclude the regular season campaign.


After losing the toss and being sent in, the Scorchers made a flying start with superstar Beth Mooney and Chloe Piparo putting on 35 runs through the first 4 overs.


However, Piparo’s dismissal for 17 trying to loft over cover halted the momentum with only Mooney and Mathilda Carmichael positing a score of substance.


The Scorchers reached 8/137 from its 20 overs.


Defending 138, the Scorchers got off to the ideal start with Grace Harris trapped lbw by Sarah Glenn for a golden duck in the very first over.


That wouldn’t be the only strikes the Scorchers made with dismissals of Skipper Jess Jonassen and Georgia Voll within 9 deliveries to leave the Heat teetering at 3/12.


With its backs to the wall, the classy Georgia Redmayne and Mandy Green began to steady the ship and seemed as though the two would guide the side to victory.


Then Redmayne’s dismissal for 31 followed by Green for 35 put the Scorchers in the drivers seat and the Heat at their mercy at 5/87.


Enter the power-hitting of Laura Kimmince who swung the context of the match in the team in turquoise.


The Scorchers bowlers had no answer for the destructive Kimmince who blasted 40 of only 17 deliveries, proving the difference as the Heat move into second spot on the table.


Upcoming Scorchers leg-spinner Sarah Glenn continued her recent good form with the ball taking 4/31, while Taneale Peschel and Heather Graham each took a wicket apiece.


The Scorchers take on the struggling Hobart Hurricanes this Saturday afternoon at North Sydney Oval.


IMAGE: Cricinfo.

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