Hurricanes rescue innings from potential record low WBBL score, but go down to Scorchers


The Hobart Hurricanes have avoided the possibility of making the WBBL’s lowest-ever total, but have fallen to a five-wicket defeat to the Perth Scorchers to dent their finals hopes.

The Hurricanes slumped to 6-19, before a rearguard action got them to 96 when they were bowled out from the last ball of their 20 overs at the WACA.

In reply, the Scorchers reached the target with 4.3 overs remaining.

The Hurricanes were two wickets down within the first 10 balls of the innings, with skipper Rachel Priest clean bowled by Marizanne Kapp for one off the second ball of the second over.

Two balls later, Kapp had the other Hobart opener Naomi Stalenberg caught for a duck.

When Kapp trapped Nicola Carey leg before for five, the Hurricanes were in all sorts of problems at 3-3 in the fourth over.

It was a tough day at the crease for the Hurricanes, who were reduced to 4-10 when Richa Ghosh was clean bowled in the fifth over.(Getty Images: Paul Kane)

Things got worse the following over when Indian right-hander Richa Ghosh was bowled for a duck by Sophie Devine, and the total was 4-10.

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Molly Strano (three) was caught behind to become Kapp’s fourth wicket of the innings, and then New Zealand all-rounder Devine chimed in with the wicket of Mignon du Preez (four).

At that stage the Hurricanes were 6-19 after 6.5 overs, and staring down a terrible total.

But Ruth Johnston and Sasha Moloney then steadied the ship slightly with a partnership of 54.

Johnston hit three fours and two sixes in her knock of 38, before she was caught in the deep off Lilly Mills in the 16th over.

Moloney then put Mills on a hat-trick, after she was caught off the next ball. Tayla Vlaeminck survived, but she went for nine in the penultimate over after being bowled by Heather Graham.  

The lowest team total in WBBL history remains 66, by the Brisbane Heat against the Melbourne Renegades and by the Hurricanes against the Sydney Sixers — both in 2017.

Top spell by Vlaeminck not enough for Hobart

Hobart needed a strong start, but Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney scored 13 off the opening over.

Mooney looked to attack against fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck in the following over, but she chopped on to depart for six to make the Scorchers 1- 22.

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Vlaeminck struck again in the fourth over to remove Devine (11), and later trapped Chamari Athapaththu in front for 18 to make it 3-56.

Heather Graham was later run out for 10, and Chloe Piparo was caught and bowled by Strano for 29, but fittingly Kapp (18) was there at the end to score the winning runs. 

In earlier games, the Melbourne Renegades maintained their grip on the competition lead with a seven-wicket win over Melbourne Stars, while the Brisbane Heat are second on the table after a five-wicket win over the Sydney Thunder. 



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