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Nicole Bolton hits out against the Hurricanes attack on he way to an unbeaten 61.

Bolton bash secures Scorchers finals fling

MORE than 2000 fans watched the Perth Scorchers’ swashbuckling vice-captain Nicole Bolton guide her side to a six-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League clash at Lilac Hill.

After recording a convincing nine wicket win over the Hurricanes at the Furnace, the Scorchers needed to make it two from two to ensure they remained in the hunt for a finals berth.

The Scorchers won the toss and elected to bowl, with England all-rounder Natalie Sciver (1-17(3)) striking early, claiming the first wicket in the third over as she castled Stefanie Daffara (10 off 9) to leave the Hurricanes 1-24.

Hurricanes opener Hayley Matthews (14 off 15) was the next to fall through the efforts of Piepa Cleary (1-21(4)), holing out to Sciver at mid wicket, before the major breakthrough came as Georgia Redmayne was caught and bowled for 53 by Katherine Brunt.

The wickets continued to fall for the Hurricanes, with Thamsyn Newton (1-7(1)), Nicole Bolton(1-19(2)) and Heather Graham all taking a wicket each, with the latter’s coming through the dismissal of the dangerous Veronica Pyke (seven off eight) thanks to an impressive catch by captain Elyse Villani.

The Hurricanes finished their 20 overs on 7-130 after Erin Fazackerley was run out by Sciver on the last ball.

Scorchers opener Bolton (60 not out off 61) led from the front in the Scorchers’ response, recording a 38-run partnership alongside Villani, before the latter fell for 21 in the fifth over.

The Scorchers lost the wickets of Megan Banting (second-ball duck), Sciver (24 off 22) and Graham (10 off eight), but a big-hitting finish by Bolton helped tally the required runs for victory.

The Scorchers are currently fourth on the WBBL03 ladder, two points clear of Brisbane Heat, with just two games left of the regular season.

The Scorchers now prepare to travel to Melbourne to take on the Melbourne Renegades at Camberwell Sports Ground on Saturday.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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