Strikers burn past Scorchers in WBBL

Tahlia McGrath was the mainstay of Adelaide Strikers' WBL run chase against Perth Scorchers.
Tahlia McGrath was the mainstay of Adelaide Strikers' WBL run chase against Perth Scorchers.

Adelaide Strikers have coasted to a seven-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers to extend their lead at the top of the WBBL.

Tahlia McGrath equalled her personal-best with an unbeaten 65 to lead the way for the Strikers, who overhauled the Scorchers' modest 9-115 with 32 balls remaining at Allan Border Field.

McGrath struck two sixes in her 46-ball dig and was well supported by experienced England international Lauren Winfield (24 not out), with whom she shared an unbroken 94-run fourth-wicket stand after Adelaide's chase had wobbled early.

The Strikers were 3-22 in the third over after captain Suzie Bates (eight) and Bridget Patterson (seven) both edged behind to outswingers from Irish international Kim Garth (2-25) and the dangerous Sophie Devine holed out for a golden duck.

McGrath steadied the Strikers' ship and victory was secured when she managed a single after Heather Graham dropped a sitter at point, capping a poor performance from the outclassed Scorchers.

Earlier, Nicole Bolton (41) and Natalie Sciver (26) were the only Perth batters to settle in against a disciplined Strikers bowling attack.

Saturday's heroes, captain Meg Lanning and fellow opener Amy Jones, fell cheaply before Bolton and Sciver combined for a 49-run stand.

Perth's lower order was unable to continue the job in the face of some wonderful bowling from in-form Sarah Coyte (3-18) and Bates (2-14), who has impressed since returning to the bowling crease this season.

Australian Associated Press