A good game for Melbourne Stars who have successfully picked a close win over Perth Scorchers in the WBBL 2023. By a margin of merely 7 runs, the team has been able to secure the game at their home ground.
In the first inning, having won the toss, Melbourne Stars decided to bat first and Annabel Sutherland played her absolute best at a miraculous strike rate. While her contribution led the team to an impressive total, Sophie Day led the bowling attack from the forefront and picked 4 wickets to destroy the opponent’s batting lineup.
Collaborative efforts from the team and an amazing win for Melbourne Stars indeed in the WBBL 2023. Sophie Reid and Meg Lanning opened the bat for the Stars. While Lanning was bowled before wickets by Alana King, Reid went on to play a good game. She secured 25 runs in 27 deliveries and her batting was backed by Alice Capsey’s impressive 31 runs off 25 deliveries.
Capsey played at a strike rate of 124. Later the hunt for runs was carried forward by Annabel Sutherland who batted at a strike rate of 180+. Sutherland played an impressive game. Her 49 runs, 1 run short of claiming a half-century, helped the team secure the required runs.
Nicole Faltum secured the last few runs and with this, the team was off to a total score of 154 runs in 20 overs. Perth Scorchers id pick a few major wickets in the tussle for runs. Sophie Devine and Lilly Mills picked two wickets, while Alana King and Piepa Cleary picked 1 each.
With this, the Perth Scorchers needed 155 runs in the second inning to win the game. The team was off to a slow start, with the top three batters leaving the crease too early securing just 9 runs each. A devastated Scorchers opening lineup with three wickets at 39 runs, all thanks to Sophie Day’s masterclass bowling performance in the WBBL 2023.
Day picked 4 major wickets in the form of Chloe Piparo, Sophie Devine, Amy Jones and Amy Edgar. Annabel Sutherland also supported the bowler, picking two wickets herself and catching 2 batters on Day’s and Capsey’s delivery.
Maddy Darke from Perth Scorchers did try her level best at the chase of 155 runs. She secured 45 runs in 33 deliveries, but her wicket was lost to Sutherland. In the end, Alana King and Taneale Peschel tried their level best, but no major victory for the team.
Perth Scorchers by the end of 20 overs were able to secure 147 runs at a loss of 9 wickets. They lost a close game by a thin margin of just 7 runs. Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland and Sophie Day all bowled too well for the Perth Scorchers to escape from the bowling attack.
A fierce game, with Annabel Sutherland winning the Player of the Match for her 2 wickets and 49 runs.
WBBL 2023: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorcher Brief Scores
Melbourne Stars 154/7 (Annabel Sutherland 49 (27), Sophie Devine 2/21) won against Perth Scorcher 147/9 (Maddy Darke 45 (33), Sophie Day 4/27, Annabel Sutherland 2/31) by 7 runs.