Perth scorch Melbourne

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

PERTH open­ers Amy Jones and Meg Lan­ning have fired the Scorchers into the WBBL top four with a clin­i­cal ninewicket tri­umph over the Melbourne Stars in St Kilda.

English­woman Jones (70) and Aus­tralian cap­tain Lan­ning (68 not out) made light work of what had ap­peared a com­pet­i­tive Stars to­tal of 6-149, achiev­ing the win with five balls to spare yes­ter­day. Player-of-the­match Jones was the early ag­gres­sor but, for most of the Scorchers’ chase, the gun duo kept pace with each other in their 147-run stand.

A flaw­less 10-wicket win looked on the cards with three runs re­quired in the 19th over but Jones charged at Ni­cola Han­cock only to sky a catch to Stars skip­per El­yse Vil­lani.

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