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Scorchers go down in WBBL semi-final



The Perth Scorchers WBBL06 campaign is over, handed a comprehensive defeat by the Melbourne Stars in their first semi-final at North Sydney Oval on Wednesday night.


Invited to bat first the Scorchers could only post 8-125, leg spinner Alana King the key bowler for the Stars as she claimed 3-16 from her four overs in a fine bowling display.


She took the wickets of WBBL player of the tournament Sophie Devine (12), Beth Mooney (27) and Amy Jones (6) to rip the heart out of the Scorchers batting line up, Nicole Bolton top scoring with 32 in a stuttering batting effort.


Ellyse Villani got off to a fast start, striking three fours and one six before perishing to the leg spin of Sarah Glenn for 18.


Devine's return to the bowling crease proved a successful one immediately, knocking over Stars number three Mingon Du Preez with a swinging yorker with her first ball to leave the team in green 2-20.


Meg Lanning looked in sublime form, striking five boundaries in her first 12 balls before being bowled by a beauty from Heather Graham, the ball swinging late to take out the Australian captain's off-stump.


It was the last wicket of the night however as all-rounders Natalie Sciver (47*) and Annabel Sutherland (30*) added an unbroken 67 run stand for the fourth wicket to guide the Stars to their first ever WBBL final.


Glenn, Graham and Devine all claimed a wicket apiece in a poor result for Lisa Keightley's side, exiting the competition at the semi-final stage.


The Stars will play the winner of Thursday night's second semi-final between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder, the final to be played on Saturday at North Sydney Oval.


IMAGE: The Guardian.

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