Villani drives the route as Perth Scorchers start with victory

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Perth Scorchers hailed off the 2018-19 Women’s Big Bash League with a prevail upon Hobart Hurricanes at the Junction Oval, Melbourne. Pursuing 144, Elyse Villani (58 off 39) and Lauren Ebsary (40 off 27) featured for their side, the last remaining unbeaten to get Perth Scorchers home with three balls to save.

Heather Graham’s three wickets prior restricted Hobart Hurricanes to 143/7 in the assigned 20 overs. The snappy fire 47-run opening stand was finished by a run out, after which Georgia Redmayne’s 48-ball 49 pulled one end rigid and helped Hobart score 35 keeps running in the last four overs.

Pursuing 144, Perth Scorchers lost Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton inside the powerplay yet Villani’s 58 off 39 balls – an innings which included 8 fours – helped set the stage for the pursuit. Villani was out to Sasha Moloney in the fifteenth over yet Ebsary, at that point well set at 20 off 15 balls, assumed control delightfully to get the Scorchers home. Requiring 15 off the last two overs, Chloe Piparo got them home with a few boundaries.

 

Brief Scores: Hobart Hurricanes 143/7 in 20 overs (Georgia Redmayne 49; Heather Graham 3-25) lost to Perth Scorchers Elyse Villani 58, Lauren Ebsary 40*; Sasha Moloney 2-19) by 6 wickets

 

Lizelle Lee’s 55-ball century at the top for Melbourne Stars made little work of the 166-run target set by Sydney Sixers, who thus were moved by Alyssa Healy’s 70 off 47 balls in the main innings. In spite of the fact that Angela Reakes, Katie Mack and Erin Osborne couldn’t contribute much, Lee found a capable partner in Mignon du Preez, who stayed unbeaten on 33 off 27 balls as Stars completed the run-pursue with 2.4 overs to save.

Sixers lost in spite of an overwhelming 108-run remain among Healy and Ellyse Perry, who hit 58 off 40 balls with the assistance of seven fours and a six. Perry fell in the twelfth over to Nicola Hancock however Healy’s wicket in the seventeenth over hurt them the most. Sixers could include only 11 keeps running in the last three overs, which hurt them on a level wicket at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. Nicola Hancock was the wrecker-in-boss with four wickets against her name.

 

Brief Scores: Sydney Sixers 165/7 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 70, Ellyse Perry 58; Nicola Hancock 4-22) lost to Melbourne Stars 166/3 in 17.2 overs (Lizelle Lee 102*, Mignon du Preez 33*; Dane van Niekerk 1-22, Ellyse Perry 1-25) by 7 wickets

 

Reference:
https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/105414/wbbl-2018-19-perth-scorchers-hobart-hurricanes-elyse-villani

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