Match Report:


Mooney hits a ton as Scorchers topple Thunder

Perth Scorchers have beaten and overtaken top-of-the-table Sydney Thunder, whose bowling attack had no answers to centurion Beth Mooney

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder | WBBL|09

The Perth Scorchers have usurped the Sydney Thunder atop the Weber WBBL ladder after Beth Mooney's third Big Bash century powered her side to a 42-run win.

After losing her superstar opening partner Sophie Devine (4) early, Mooney (101no) almost single-handedly steered the Scorchers to a competitive 4-159 at the Junction Oval on Sunday.

Mooney in league of her own with dominant Junction ton

In reply, the resurgent Thunder fell to 3-18 by the end of the powerplay, having not dropped any wickets there in their previous seven games.

Young quick Chloe Ainsworth (2-8) set the carnage in motion with back-to-back wickets and things only spiralled further out of control from there. The Thunder finished at 8-117.

The loss was only the Thunder's second of the tournament and relegated them to second spot on the ladder behind the Scorchers.

It was only in the twilight of the Scorchers' innings that Mooney enjoyed a steady partnership as in-form Hannah Darlington (2-26) spearheaded the Thunder attack to keep her Perth teammates quiet.

Chloe Piparo (22no from 16 balls) did well to help Mooney steady the ship following the loss of Amy Jones (7) just as Perth looked primed to take the power surge.

Mooney had played a patient innings but smacked Sammy-Jo Johnson for four fours from five deliveries in the final over to snatch the ascendancy for the Scorchers.

On 97, Mooney pulled stand-in Thunder captain Johnson past deep mid-wicket for four to bring up an unbeaten ton on the last ball of the innings and the 61st delivery she faced.

Mooney is now the only player to have passed 400 total runs in all nine iterations of the WBBL and is the current edition's second-highest run-scorer, only one run behind Devine.

The Thunder fell to 3-18 by the end of the power play after Ainsworth snared star imports Chamari Athapaththu and Marizanne Kapp in consecutive balls.

The Scorchers successfully reviewed an LBW shout on in-form Athapaththu (10) before Piparo caught out-of-sorts Kapp for a golden duck.

Rested with hamstring soreness, captain Heather Knight watched on helplessly as the Thunder batting order fell to 5-33 when Devine (2-27) caught and bowled Claire Moore.

Only Australian representative Phoebe Litchfield (45) offered resistance at first drop so when she was caught in the deep from Amy Edgar's bowling (3-18), the Scorchers appeared home.

Weber WBBL|09 Standings

Matches played
No results
Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Adelaide Strikers Women Adelaide Strikers Women STR 14 11 3 0 0 1.154 0 22
2 Perth Scorchers Women Perth Scorchers Women SCO 14 8 6 0 0 0.784 0 16
3 Brisbane Heat Women Brisbane Heat Women HEA 14 8 6 0 0 0.203 0 16
4 Sydney Thunder Women Sydney Thunder Women THU 14 7 6 0 1 0.298 0 15
5 Sydney Sixers Women Sydney Sixers Women SIX 14 7 7 0 0 -0.253 0 14
6 Hobart Hurricanes Women Hobart Hurricanes Women HUR 14 6 7 0 1 -0.597 0 13
7 Melbourne Stars Women Melbourne Stars Women STA 14 6 8 0 0 -0.779 0 12
8 Melbourne Renegades Women Melbourne Renegades Women REN 14 2 12 0 0 -0.978 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points