Cricket: South Perth’s Piepa Cleary performs well in tour match win over South Africa

Cricket: South Perth’s Piepa Cleary performs well in tour match win over South Africa

VICTORIA Park talent Piepa Cleary held her nerve at the death as the Governor General’s XI defeated South Africa by two wickets in Sunday’s annual tour match in Sydney.

The 20-year-old fast bowler, who will play for the Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League, was selected for the representative game after her performances for WA in the Women’s National Cricket League.

Cleary (1 not out) was in the middle alongside the mainstay Beth Mooney (95 not out) as the Governor-General’s XI chased down the target of 7-203 with 11 balls to spare.

Earlier, Cleary, who plays her club cricket with South Perth, opened the bowling and was economical with 0-31 from eight overs.

In the Female A-Grade Twenty20 competition in Perth on Sunday, South Perth defeated Subiaco Floreat by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare.

Scorchers spinner Katie Hartshorn took 3-10 from four overs, while Hannah Siegers made 57 for the Sky Blues.