Beth Mooney strikes the century to create victory for the Perth Scorchers over the Melbourne Renegades

Gun Perth Scorcher’s wicketkeeper batter Beth Mooney has become the third centurion in the 2021 Women’s Big Bash League tournament and ensured a thunderous victory for her team in the process.

Mooney opened the batting at WACA with captain Sophie Devine, destroying the Melbourne Renegades’ bowling attack with an unbeaten shot of 101 from just 63 balls, setting the stage for a 40-run victory.

Mooney hit 13 fours in her windy innings and has joined Hobart Hurricanes’ Rachel Priest and teammate Devine as the only centurions in this summer’s tournament.

Devine was also unique again, peeling 72 from just 49 deliveries.

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The Scorchers sailed to 165 before the fall of the first wicket, on their way to putting Renegades 195 to win.

While superstar Sydney Sixers pair Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy still hold the record for the highest partnership in WBBL history – unbeaten 199 against the Melbourne Stars in Perth in 2019 – Mooney and Devine now have two of the top three partnerships.

And the ace Scorchers duo have not left WACA without breaking the record, having made 63 in the first six overs to set a new powerplay benchmark.

“Magnificent from Mooney,” cricket writer Andrew McGlashan wrote about Mooney’s century on Twitter.

Cricket reporter Carly Adno added: “Is there a better WBBL opening pair than Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine? Have really enjoyed covering the WBBL so far this season. Brilliant entertainment”.

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In response to the Scorchers’ huge total, the Renegades managed only 6-154 from 20 overs.

Scorcher’s sailor Lilly Mills took 4-25 from three overs.

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In the former WBBL game, Nicole Bolton of the Sixers took a look at a win in her team’s 31-run victory over the Hurricanes at WACA.

Bolton dived to her left at midwicket and got a unique catch to remove Hobart’s Rachel Priest.

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