Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers will face each other in their second consecutive WBBL Final on Sunday.
Perth Scorchers 2/148 def. Sydney Thunder 8/121
After being sent in by Thunder skipper Alex Blackwell, Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton got the Scorchers off to a fantastic start, putting on 65 for the first wicket. Villani worked the ball around, anchoring the partnership, while Bolton went hard, scoring at a strike rate of 142.
Villani and Bolton were both out by the twelfth over, but Nat Sciver and Heather Graham picked up where the openers left off, putting on 62 to get the Scorchers to 148 which looked to be a par score. It looked like they’d get more, but they struggled to fully accelerate towards the end of the innings.
In reply, the Thunder never got going as wickets continually tumbled in their innings.
A rear-guard fight from Fran Wilson was too little too late, with the Thunder already needing over 10 an over when she arrived at the crease.
Aside from a loose over from Katherine Brunt at the beginning of the innings, the Scorchers applied plenty of pressure on the Thunder batters which cause a few rash shots. Emma King was the standout with the ball, taking three wickets with her accurate off spin.
This performance will give Perth plenty of confidence that they can cause an upset in the final.