Mooney and Kapp flay Renegades in huge win, Sixers go top

A round-up from the three WBBL matches taking place on Saturday amid the race for finals

Beth Mooney was at her attacking best, Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers, WBBL, Junction Oval, November 12, 2022

Beth Mooney was at her attacking best  •  Getty Images

Perth Scorchers 4 for 192 (Mooney 90, Kapp 68*) beat Melbourne Renegades 88 by 104 runs
Perth Scorchers opener Beth Mooney scored 90 and become the first player in WBBL history to notch 4000 runs in a record breaking 104-run thrashing of the Melbourne Renegades.
Scorchers' winning margin was the biggest in WBBL history, surpassing the 103-run victory by the Sydney Sixers over Hobart in 2017. Mooney took her career tally to 4030 runs in a 58-ball innings that showcased her shot making ability all around Melbourne's Junction Oval.
Allrounder Marizanne Kapp and Mooney added 123 in just 56 deliveries for the fourth wicket, a record WBBL stand, to lift their side to 4 for 192. In reply the Renegades were never in the hunt and were dismissed for 88.
Mooney has played 114 WBBL games for the Brisbane Heat and Scorchers and her career runs have been scored at a strike-rate of 122.26. The 28-year-old had a willy ally in Kapp against Renegades. The South Africa international launched four huge leg-side sixes and timed the ball to perfection from the start of her innings.
Scorchers had six bowlers capture wickets in a team performance that took them back into the WBBL top four.
Sydney Sixers 9 for 160 beat Melbourne Stars 115 (Gardner 4-27) by 45 runs
Sydney Sixers went top of the WBBL table with a 45-run win over a disappointing Melbourne Stars.
The batting depth of the visitors was a highlight of genuine team performance. Sixers allrounder Ashleigh Gardner turned in a classy performance with bat and ball.  Her 28 off 17 deliveries gave Sixers early momentum before chipping in with 4 for 27 with her crafty spinners Opener Alyssa Healy (31) top-scored before Erin Burns (25), Nicole Bolton (23) and Sophie Ecclestone (22) all played aggressive cameos for the Sixers. Stars opening bowler Kim Garth was hard to get away for Sixers.
In reply, Stars had a shocking start with Lauren Winfield-Hill falling victim in the opening over to Ellyse Perry while Ecclestone and Bolton kept it tight. Suzie Bates had a great day in the field, taking four catches.
Stars are now six points outside of the top four and all but out of finals contention.
Hobart Hurricanes 4 for 101 (du Preez 37) beat Brisbane Heat 6 for 100 (G Harris 41) by four wickets
Hobart Hurricanes rocketed from fifth to third after beating the second-placed Brisbane Heat by six wickets in a rain-reduced match on Saturday night. The start of the contest was delayed due to the Adelaide weather, restricting the match to 13 overs a side. Heat slumped to 3 for 18 before reaching 6 for 100 courtesy of solid knocks from Grace Harris (41 off 30 balls) and Laura Harris (32 off 20).
In reply, Hurricanes reached their target with three balls to spare. Opener Lizelle Lee (24 off 19 balls) and Mignon du Preez (37 off 29 balls) set the foundation, before Elyse Villani (26no off 17 balls) saw her side home. Just three points separates first from fifth spot, setting up a thrilling end to the season.