Scorchers blaze trail to semis

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SOUTH Perth Cricket Club bowler Piepa Cleary has con­tin­ued her strong form for the Perth Scorchers as the team qual­i­fied for the Women’s Big Bash semi-fi­nal for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

Perth fin­ished sec­ond on the over­all stand­ings af­ter the 14 reg­u­lar sea­son matches, with the Scorchers fin­ish­ing the home and away sea­son with two games against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Syd­ney Thun­der, which ended in one win apiece.

Cleary (pic­tured) con­tin­ued her great form with the ball, and as a re­sult, has man­aged to string four con­sec­u­tive games in the start­ing team.

The 20-year-old has moved to nine wick­ets for the sea­son, with a, awe­some spell in the first game, fin­ish­ing with fig­ures of 3-16, while the sec­ond match against the Thun­der proved more dif­fi­cult, with Cleary end­ing with fig­ures of 1-27.

Perth will host third-placed Bris­bane Heat in the WBBL semi-fi­nal, which will get un­der­way from 11.40am, while the Scorchers will host the Mel­bourne Stars in the BBL semi-fi­nal from 4.40pm.

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