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Match report: Scorchers v Hurricanes

06 November 2021

The Hobart Hurricanes kept their season alive with an inspirational win over the Perth Scorchers, with both batters and bowlers standing tall when it mattered most.

The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat, and made a significant change, moving Naomi Stalenberg to the top of the order in place of Ruth Johnston. Clearly in serious pain due to her fractured finger, captain Rachel Priest survived an early wicket scare, and the pair settled in to reach the end of the powerplay 0-38.

Unfortunately, the first wicket came in the seventh over, with Stalenberg clean bowled on 15 just as she was finding rhythm. Showing obvious discomfort, Priest bravely soldiered on, muscling a six over the rope and gritting her teeth to push the total along.

Halfway through the innings, the Hurricanes were 1-62, with Priest leading from the front spectacularly.  With wickets in hand, the Canes’ had a platform to launch from.

Priest needed no invitation, bringing up a truly heroic 50 with a six straight down the ground. Through 13 overs the Canes’ were 1-89, but Priest fell shortly after, caught on 54 to bring a true captain's knock to a close.

As Priest departed, Du Preez took the leading role and began to attack alongside Richa Ghosh, who faced just one delivery before being caught swinging for the fence. Du Preez, now joined by Carey, brought up the 100 for the Hurricanes, but was caught and bowled shortly after to leave Hobart 4-101 through 15 overs.

Carey was dismissed just four balls later by an excellent delivery, but the 'Canes still had quality at the crease with Ruth Johnston and Molly Strano. Johnston looked for the boundary early and often but was caught trying to play over cover on four, and Moloney fell in similar fashion not long to leave the 'Canes 7-122 through 18 overs.

Inventive strokeplay from Strano down the stretch helped the 'Canes add some valuable runs to the total, finishing the innings on 8-137.

The Hurricanes started brilliantly with the ball with Belinda Vakarewa getting plenty of movement, and she was rewarded with the prized wicket of Beth Mooney in the third over after a great catch from Naomi Stalenberg.

This seemed to wake up Sophie Devine who began to attack, finding the boundary with ease until she skied one off the bowling of Strano, with Priest completing the catch to have the Scorchers at 2-29 through 4 overs.

The 'Canes couldn’t make another breakthrough before drinks as the Scorchers moved to 2-68, but after the break turned to Amy Smith, who did not disappoint as she removed Chloe Piparo on 20 via stumping.

The game hung on a knife's edge as neither side was able to make a telling breakthrough, with the run rate sitting at a manageable figure from the Scorchers point of view. Stalenberg took yet another brilliant catch to remove Athapaththu on 33 off Vakarewa, but Heather Graham was scoring freely enough to keep the Scorchers in control.

With five overs to play, the Scorchers needed 32 to win and the 'Canes needed something special, and they got exactly that. Nic Carey trapped Heather Graham LBW before Ruth Johnston struck in the 18th over in similar fashion, setting up a real nail biter.

The Scorchers needed 16 off 14, before Molly Strano got in on the act, taking a brilliant caught and bowled to remove Marizanne Kapp and swing momentum to those in purple.

With just seven runs needed off the final over, the Hurricanes turned to late over specialist Nicola Carey, and she repaid the faith brilliantly, clean bowling Taneale Peschel and bowling a remarkable final over to secure a memorable two-run victory.


Filed Under

Hobart Hurricanes Women

Perth Scorchers Women

Weber WBBL|07