A comfortable Scorchers chase, with an unbeaten 62 from Gaby Lewis, saw the competition favorites retain their top spot with a six-wicket win over Typhoons in the Arachas Super 50 Cup today at Oak Hill Cricket Ground.
Player of the match Lewis, who has just returned from Dubai after playing in the Fairbreak International, topped her side’s innings with a near-perfect 66-ball hit, hitting seven fours and two sixes along the way. She may have missed the first two games of this competition but she made up for it with a performance which it is hoped bodes well for the national team in the upcoming series against South Africa. South in early June.
Needing just 121 points to win, Scorchers lost Siúin Woods early for 2, falling to a fine diving catch from short square-legged Rebecca Stokell. Lewis and Rachel Delaney (15) then went 55 for the second wicket before Georgina Dempsey beat Delaney with a ball that went in and knocked her down.
Shauna Kavanagh intervened with a quickfire 21, before being knocked down by Robyn Searle. The South African then grabbed a second wicket soon after, knocking out Bhavi Devchand for 7, but the Typhoons couldn’t stop their opponents’ momentum from chasing a small target, and the Scorchers duly secured a victory at six wickets in the 25and finished.
Earlier in the day, after the threat of early rain subsided, the Typhoons were sent to bat first on a green-tinged pitch. Unfortunately for the team in blue, they lost their substitute captain Stokell (0) early, knocked down by a well thrown outswinger from Jane Maguire.
Lewis then made an early change to the spin of Delaney and Bhavi Devchand, and it was a move that took three more wickets in quick succession to put the Typhoons well and truly on the back foot – Louise Little (13) caught at the mid-off by debutant Ellie McGee, Robyn Searle (9) trapped LBW and Mary Waldron (4) timing a nice cut shot, but straight to the point field.
Celeste Raack (21) and Georgina Dempsey (22) stabilized the innings with a 39-run partnership, but just as they were looking to pick up the pace, Dempsey played against a straight ball from Christina Coulter Reilly and her stumps were shaken.
Ava Canning, who arrived at seven, looked to take a positive approach and hit her fourth pitch until halftime for four. She looked to take the reins, with Raack playing the anchor role, but Raack fell with 102 on the board as she gave a straight ball to McGee.
After Robyn Lewis went back and forth, ramming Jenny Sparrow for a duck, McGee was then introduced to the bowling crease and almost immediately claimed her first Super Series wicket – bowling Maria Kerrison with a full ball that snuck under the tip of the bat.
Canning looked like the Typhoons’ last hope of mustering a competitive total, but a misjudged single ended his innings on the 24th, courtesy of an accurate throw from the backspot by Niamh MacNulty. The innings ended soon after when Maguire beat Freya Sargent – and the Typhoons found themselves with an uphill battle to defend a low total of 120 on a ground that seemed to be playing easier as the day progressed.
For the Scorchers, the wickets were shared between six of the eight bowlers used, but Delaney’s 2-17 from 10 overs and Maguire’s 2-17 from seven overs were standout performances – both displaying great control and precision to put pressure on the hitters.
The Arachas Super Series continues with the next game between the Scorchers and the Dragons at Oak Hill next Sunday.
Scorchers vs. Typhoons, Super 50 Cup, Oak Hill Cricket Ground, 22 May 2022??
Typhoons 120 (44 overs; A Canning 24; R Delaney 2-17, J Maguire 2-17)
Burning 121-4 (24.2 overs; G Lewis 62*; R Searle 2-24)
Scorchers won by 6 wickets