Perth Scorchers eased past the challenge of Sydney Sixers as they sealed a comprehensive 61-run victory in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 (WBBL 2023) at the North Sydney Oval. Riding on a prolific 91 scored by Beth Mooney, the Perth Scorchers skittled out the listless Sydney Sixers for a dismal 128 even as Ellyse Perry’s all-round show proved to be insufficient. This meant that the four-match winning streak of the Sixers came to an abrupt end.
Sydney Sixers won the toss and decided to bowl first. The openers of Perth Scorchers, Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney got off to a flyer. But an unfortunate mix-up meant a run out of the settled Devine as Ellyse Perry was electric in the field affecting the dismissal. The very next over witnessed Ash Gardner get the better of Madeleine Drake for a two-ball duck leaving the Scorchers reeling at 24/2 early on in the thrilling game of WBBL 2023.
Nat Sciver-Brunt joined Beth Mooney out in the middle and the two provided some much-needed stability to the innings. As Sciver-Brunt muscled some boundaries effortlessly to the pavilion, Beth Mooney played excellent second fiddle helping the Scorchers’ cause. As Ellyse Perry brought herself in the attack, she immediately struck getting rid of Sciver-Brunt for a good 26.
Amy Edgar’s dismissal for 13 proved to be a thorn for the Scorchers who were looking for a big total and that is when the big-hitting Amy Jones powered through the innings with a much-needed 28 coming off just 13 striking at 215.38 but her dismissal courtesy of a fantastic catch by Erin Burns proved to be the highlight of the match.
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Beth Mooney finding her groove rose to the top with a scintillating 91 off 57 (9×4, 4×6), and remained unbeaten as the Scorchers finished on a mammoth 189/6 in their quota of 20 overs in the WBBL 2023. The Sixers had a tough outing with the ball, nonetheless, Ash Gardener and Ellyse Perry were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets each.
The task for the Sixers was to chase a daunting 190 which was quite the uphill task. As Ellyse Perry, the skipper leading from the front provided the perfect possible start periodic dismissals around her did not help the run chase. Amy Edgar struck first getting rid of Maitlan Brown for 6, then Ash Gardner followed suit getting out for 6 by Chloe Ainsworth. Even as Perry soldiered on, the dismissal of Erin Burns further complicated the pursuit of the target.
For the Sixers in the game of WBBL 2023, the unfortunate run out of Perry by Piepa Cleary, proved to be quite costly and a single Perry would rue in retrospect. This dismissal then caused the batting to fall like a pack of cards as Chloe Tryon was out for 13 by Cleary and with Alana King striking twice getting Suzie Bates and last match hero Mathilda Carmichael out cheaply, the game was done and dusted for the Sixers. With Kate Peterson and Lauren Cheatle scoring knocks of 10 and 11 respectively, the game was won by the Scorchers comfortably by a margin of 61.
The 14 extras conceded by the Scorchers also did not help the Sixers who lost the plot in this run chase. Ainsworth, Edgar, King and Cleary had a good and memorable outing with the ball that sealed the win for the Scorchers in the WBBL 2023.
Beth Mooney was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for her blistering knock of 91 off 57. Looking ahead, the Sixers are due to face the Adelaide Strikers next while the Scorchers play Sydney Thunder in encounters that prove to be exciting and thrilling as we head closer to the knockout stages.
WBBL 2023: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers Brief Scores
Perth Scorchers 189 for 6 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 91*, Amy Jones 28; Ellyse Perry 2-26) beat Sydney Sixers 128 all out in 19.3 overs (Ellyse Perry 40; Chloe Ainsworth 2-12, Amy Edgar 2-23) by 61 runs.