Cricket: Perth Scorchers second in Women’s Big Bash League after consecutive weekend wins

Elyse Villani hits out during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Perth Scorchers. Picture: Getty Images
Cricket: Perth Scorchers second in Women’s Big Bash League after consecutive weekend wins
Elyse Villani hits out during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Perth Scorchers. Picture: Getty Images

THE Perth Scorchers have secured second spot on the WBBL ladder after consecutive wins over the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars over the weekend.

The Scorchers claimed a seven-wicket win over the Strikers at the WACA on Saturday, before taking down the Stars by 33 runs at Caversham’s Lilac Hill.

Opening batter and Midland-Guildford product Elyse Villani (pictured) said playing a Big Bash game on home turf for the first time was a special moment.

“It’s fantastic we get to put on a display of BBL at my home ground,” she said.

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“The girls are really hungry, so we’ve got to make sure the teams know they’re coming to our home ground, we’ve got to own it.”

Fellow teammate Chloe Piparo is also part of the Scorchers squad, whose semi-final campaign will be held at Lilac Hill with back-to-back games against the Sydney Thunder.

The reigning champions have not had the season they were after, but Villani said her side could not be complacent.

“The Thunder has some great players and you have to look no further than Stephanie Taylor,” Villani said.

“We will sit down with the coaches this week and set our plans, and if we can stick to those and play some good cricket I’m confident we will get the results we need.”

The Scorchers play the Thunder on Friday and Saturday , with both games starting at 2pm.

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“Saturday is a family day, so hopefully we get lots of kids and families, that would be great,” Villani said.

“We’re looking forward to a big match and another win, and we really appreciate all the support we get.”