Star opener Beth Mooney has cracked an unbeaten century to help lead the Perth Scorchers to a thumping 40-run WBBL win over the ladder-leading Melbourne Renegades at the WACA ground in Perth.
- Mooney made an unbeaten 101 from just 63 deliveries
- She shared a 165-run partnership with Sophie Devine (72)
- The Sixers recorded a 31-run win over the Hurricanes in the earlier match at the WACA
Mooney (101 not out off 63 deliveries) and Sophie Devine (72 off 49) combined for a scintillating 165-run opening stand to lift the Scorchers to a formidable 2-194 on Wednesday.
In reply, the Renegades finished on 6-154 with Lilly Mills (4-25) the leading wicket taker for the Scorchers.
The Renegades had entered the match on the back of a four-match winning streak, but their sloppiness in the field cost them dearly.
Ellie Falconer dropped a sitter at gully when Mooney was on 29, and the Australian international was given another life on 58 when she was caught off a no-ball from Holly Ferling.
The Renegades also messed up a run-out opportunity earlier in Mooney’s innings.
Mooney made the Renegades pay dearly for the missed chances, with the 27-year-old cracking 13 boundaries in her second WBBL century.
Devine was just as ruthless, with eight fours and two sixes.
Gardner, Perry star for Sixers
In the earlier match in Perth, the Sydney Sixers powered their way to a 31-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Player-of-the-match Ashleigh Gardner (51 off 49) recorded her highest score of the season, while Perry continued her strong form with the bat by posting 47 off 52 balls to help lead the Sixers to 4-141.
In reply, the Hurricanes were restricted to 7-110, with opener Rachel Priest (27 off 29) and Molly Strano (22 not out off 16) the only two batters to get going.
Sixers star Nicole Bolton snared 2-28 with the ball and also took a spectacular diving catch to remove Priest.
Maitlan Brown was crucial with 2-15 off her four overs, while Perry returned figures of 1-9 off her two overs.
The Hurricanes have now lost three in a row and have just two victories from nine matches.