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WBBL 2023: Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine shine as Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Renegades; Harmanpreet Kaur’s effort in vain


In a thrilling 22nd encounter of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2023 at the W.A.C.A. Ground, the Perth Scorchers Women managed to secure a six-wicket victory over the Melbourne Renegades Women. Beth Mooney emerged as the standout performer for the Perth-based team in their victory.

Harmanpreet Kaur and other batters power Melbourne Renegades to a decent total

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Melbourne Renegades posted a competitive total of 171/6 in their allotted 20 overs. The key contributors for their innings were Harmanpreet Kaur, who played a crucial knock of 52 runs off 49 balls, and Georgia Wareham, who blazed her way to 48 runs off just 25 deliveries. Hayley Matthews also contributed with 31 runs off 24 balls as the Renegades top-order showcased an impressive batting display.

The Perth Scorchers Women’s bowlers put up a commendable performance to restrict their opponents. Alana King, Chloe Ainsworth, Amy Edgar, and Taneale Peschel each picked up a wicket.

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Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine help Perth Scorchers chase down the set target

In response, the Perth Scorchers Women chased down the target with 2.4 overs to spare, finishing at 172/4 in 17.2 overs. Sophie Devine smashed a brilliant 52 runs off 31 balls, including three fours and four sixes. However, Mooney was the top-scorer for her side as she contributed with 59 runs off 44 balls, setting the stage for their successful run chase.

The Melbourne Renegades Women bowlers found it challenging to contain the Scorchers’ batting lineup. Sarah Coyte was the most successful bowler for the Renegades Women, claiming two wickets for 34 runs. Georgia Prestwidge and Matthews also chipped in with wickets, but they were unable to stop the Scorchers from reaching their target.

In the end, it was an exciting contest that saw the Perth Scorchers Women emerge victorious by six wickets, thanks to their strong batting performance and effective chasing.

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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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