SOUTH Perth fell to Midland-Guildford in Sunday’s Female A-Grade T20 Grand Final at the WACA Ground.
The win was made even sweeter for Midland-Guildford, who were beaten by Melville in last season’s final.
Bhavisha Devchand won the player of the match medal, presented by West Australian women’s cricket pioneer Avril Fahey, after taking 3-17 with the ball coupled with a match-winning 49 not out.
Swans captain Chloe Piparo won the toss and sent the Sky Blues into bat, a brave call against the undefeated Sky Blues.
However, wrist spinner Devchand claimed three wickets early in South Perth’s innings, which had the Blues in trouble at 3-31 after eight overs.
South Perth bounced back thanks to a brilliant 80-run partnership between Nicky Shaw (39) and Heather Siegers (30) to help guide them to a competitive total of 5-114.
With no Elyse Villani in the Swans line up, Midland-Guildford’s chances of winning relied heavy on the shoulders of Perth Scorchers batter Piparo.
The Swans got off to a shaky start with Taneale Peschel run out on five.
Peschel’s wicket brought Devchand to the crease, and the Monkey Towners never looked back.
Piparo (59no) and Devchand (49no) combined for 93 runs between them, which included nine boundaries, guiding their side to victory.