Devine leads Scorchers onslaught as Renegades' woes deepen

Devine leads Scorchers onslaught as Renegades' woes deepen

Perth Scorchers 134 for 0 (Devine 70*, Mooney 47*) beat Melbourne Renegades 133 for 5 (Wareham 57*) for 10 wickets

Perth Scorchers stars Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney heaped more pain on the struggling Melbourne Renegades to lead their team to a 10-wicket WBBL thrashing.

Devine and Mooney smashed Renegades bowlers all over Junction Oval in Melbourne on Saturday to claim the Scorchers’ sixth win of the season with 52 balls to spare.

New Zealand captain Devine smashed eight sixes in her unbeaten 70 off 36 balls to completely crush the Renegades. Australian ace Mooney’s 47 not out off 32 balls were relatively tame compared to Devine’s fireworks.

Devine took a liking to Sarah Coyte, and the Renegades player hit 40 from her two overs, including four sixes.

It was the third century in the last four matches for Devine and Mooney after their partnership of 131 against Brisbane Heat and 105 in the previous encounter with Renegades.

The Scorchers’ big knock came after Australian player Georgia Wareham made a career-best 57 to help the Renegades reach 133 for 5.

The hosts struggled to get going after captain Hayley Matthews departed for a slow 8 off 15 balls. Renegades’ campaign is turning into a disaster, even with international stars Matthews and Harmanpreet Kaur in their XI.

Amy Edgar was the standout player for Scorchers with 2 for 14 from her four overs, including 16 dot balls.

They defeated the defending champions, Strikers, in their second match, but have since suffered seven consecutive defeats and find themselves at the bottom of the table with a record of 1-8. The Scorchers have risen to second place in the race for first place, which means direct qualification to the grand final at home.