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Devine smashes ton in Scorchers’ WBBL win, Brown’s hat-trick not enough for Strikers against Heat

Sophie Devine has belted the third century of her WBBL career, as Perth Scorchers thrashed defending champions Sydney Thunder by 81 runs in Launceston.

The New Zealand all-rounder smashed six sixes and eight fours on her way to 101 off 60 deliveries, as the Scorchers made 2-186 from their 20 overs.

It was the franchise’s second-highest WBBL total.

Devine — who is Scorchers captain — combined with Australian opener Beth Mooney (65 off 54) in a 173-run opening partnership.

It was the second-best partnership in WBBL history, only bettered by Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy’s 199-run stand in Perth for Sydney Sixers in 2019.

The Thunder could only make 9-105 in reply, with Scorchers leg spinner Alana King continuing her fine tournament with a career-best 4-11 off her four overs.

Earlier, Adelaide Strikers’ Darcie Brown became the sixth woman in WBBL history to take a hat-trick, despite her side’s loss to Brisbane Heat.

Brown destroyed the Heat’s top order with three wickets in successive balls in the sixth over of the match, which had been shortened to 11 overs a side due to early rain.

Darcie Brown became the first Adelaide Striker to take a WBBL hat-trick.(Getty Images: Steve Bell)

Batting first, the Heat made a positive start to reach 1-57, before Brown took over.

She removed Georgia Redmayne, caught by Katie Mack for 28, before drawing false shots out of both Ellie Johnston and Delissa Kimmince.

A tidy catch in the deep from Laura Wolvaardt completed Kimmince’s dismissal and Brown’s hat-trick, the first taken by a Strikers player in the competition.

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Young gun Georgia Voll got the Heat back on track with a quick-fire 31, setting the Strikers a target of 105 to win from their 11 overs.

Wolvaardt and fellow South African Dane van Niekerk laid a solid platform for the Strikers, reaching 0-68 in the eighth over, only for Jess Jonassen to put the breaks on with two wickets in two balls.

Unlike Brown, Jonassen could not complete her hat-trick but the damage was done. The Strikers’ run rate slowed to a crawl and the Heat held on to win by five runs,

The Strikers finished up on 4-99 after its 11 overs.

In Sunday’s other match, Perry answered and then fuelled her critics in equal measure, as Melbourne Renegades easily beat the Sixers.

Less than a week after Sixers coach Ben Sawyer fiercely defended Perry’s form, the Sydney captain did not bowl herself in her side’s seven-wicket loss.

It is only the sixth time in Perry’s 87 WBBL matches that the star Australian all-rounder has not bowled, again putting the focus on her below-par form with the ball.

The Sixers said Perry was not injured and her not bowling was a tactical decision.

Perry’s unbeaten 50 from 51 balls rescued the Sixers’ innings after they had crashed to 3-12 in the opening overs. She partnered with Nicole Bolton (38) for an 80-run stand, which was the backbone of their side’s total of 4-118.

It never looked enough, as Renegades opener Eve Jones top-scored with 38 and India captain Harmanpreet Kaur finished the match with successive sixes at the end of the 17th over.

Kaur — who was named player of the match after claiming 2-17 with the ball — ended unbeaten on 35 from 29 deliveries, as the Renegades finished on 3-120.

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