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Scorchers make it two in a row



The Perth Scorchers have made it two wins from as many matches over the Sydney Sixers, winning by five wickets at Blacktown International Sportspark on Wednesday.


Gun opening bat Beth Mooney made an unbeaten 75 to guide the chase, winning with five balls to spare after Ellyse Perry having carried her bat to make 62 for the Sixers.


Sydney won the toss and chose to bat first, posting 4-137 on a slow wicket with lack of bounce.


Perry was the star in striking nine boundaries in her unbeaten effort, South African all rounder Marizanne Kapp retiring ill with an elevated heart rate after scoring 33, playing no further part in the game as she was taken to hospital for testing after battling in warm conditions in Sydney.


Nicole Bolton, Taneale Peschel and Sarah Glenn all claimed one wicket each for Perth, who did well to limit the home side considering they had wickets in hand at the death.


Sophie Devine fell in the opening over of the chase for four to the bowling of Stella Campbell, but the powerplay was a profitable one for the Scorchers as Mooney and Bolton took the score to 55 after six overs.


Dane Van Niekerk claimed the big scalp of Bolton for 18, Heather Graham (4) and Chloe Piparo (2) unable to have a say in the run chase.


Mooney certainly was though, the left hander reaching 50 and guiding the innings, receiving support from Megan Banting to take the team all the way to the finish line.


Banting was run out in the penultimate over but Mooney struck the next ball for three to take her team home, a second consecutive half century for her new franchise, unbeaten on 75 from 64 balls with nine fours.


The result gives the Scorchers momentum in the tournament with back to back wins, the only team to beat the Sixers so far in WBBL06.


Perth now move in to the top four after eight matches, the Melbourne Renegades up next at Sydney Showground Stadium on Saturday.


IMAGE: The Courier Mail.


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