Cricket: Perth Scorchers looking to cement spot in Women’s Big Bash League finals after crucial wins on the weekend

Heather Graham has had an impact at the Scorchers.
Heather Graham has had an impact at the Scorchers.

PERTH Scorchers are looking to cement a spot in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 02 finals after two crucial wins against Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars last weekend.

Western suburbs players Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Emma King and Emily Smith were all in action across both games.

Young gun Graham has continued her impressive WBBL02, picking up her first player of the match honours in the Scorchers’ seven-wicket win over the Strikers last Saturday.

The 20-year-old produced a match-winning knock of 39 n.o. which included five fours, to help guide the Scorchers to victory over the Strikers.

Bolton returned to form against the Strikers, scoring a hard-fought 33, but couldn’t back that performance up against the Stars on Sunday, run out cheaply.

The fast bouncy wicket at the WACA is usually best suited to pace bowlers, but King managed to pick up the wicket of Strikers Star batter Sophie Devine early in the Strikers’ innings.

King backed up her performance with the ball with a tight bowling display in Sunday’s 33-run win over Melbourne, finishing with figures of 2-12.

Wicket-keeper Smith continues to keep fellow keeper Megan Banting out of the side, picking up a stumping, as well as making several athletic saves down the leg side in the win over the Stars.

Perth return to Lilac Hill this Friday and Saturday for a double header against the Sydney Thunder, the Scorchers’ final two games before the semi-finals.