Perth Scorchers flying high in WBBL

Nicole Bolton in action. Photo: Getty
Nicole Bolton in action. Photo: Getty

The Perth Scorchers have made a solid start to their Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 02 campaign, which sees them equal top of the ladder, thanks largely to great contributions of four Subiaco Floreat players.

Wicketkeeper Megan Banting, top order batter Nicole Bolton, all-rounder Heather Graham and spin bowler Emma King have all played huge parts in the Scorchers success so far.

Bolton brought the form which saw her among the top run scorers for Australia against South Africa prior to the WBBL commencing, and has been crucial in helping the Scorchers reach equal top spot on the WBBL table.

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Coming into bat at number four, Bolton has not recorded huge totals but has made several match-winning scores highlighted by her 46 not out against Brisbane in game three.

West Australian spin bowling looks in great shape with the coming of age of Emma King.

The 24-year-old has catapulted herself to the top of the wicket takers with eight for the season, outdoing the likes of internationals Katherine Brunt and captain Suzie Bates.

King’s wicket taking ability has been coupled with her knack to restrict the opposition from scoring, as seen in her best figures of 2-10.

Graham has become one of the form all-rounders of the WBBL, coupling good batting performances with match winning spells with the ball.

Much like Bolton, Graham also has not hit big scores with the bat, more so being part of match winning partnerships.

In the most recent clash against the Adelaide Strikers, Graham took 2-12 with the ball before partnering with Bolton for a 44 run partnership which included a huge six to score the winning runs.

The exciting 20-year-old has cemented her spot in the team by becoming the equal second-highest wicket taker in the side, as well as the third-highest run scorer, despite coming in to bat at number six.

Further proof of the abundance of young female talent in Western Australia is wicket-keeper batter Banting.

While her innings with the bat have been far and few between, Banting has proved she has a bright future behind the stumps.