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Scorchers avenge WBBL cricket loss

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Perth batter Elyse Villani broke the fifties drought in this season's WBBL as the Scorchers enjoyed a 17-run win over Tasmania at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

Villani scored 54 as Perth avenged their first-day loss to the Hurricanes.

The Scorchers made 4-142, with captain and New Zealand star Suzie Bates scoring 48 in an opening stand of 92 with Villani.

Hobart lost wickets at regular intervals and never threatened the target, finishing at 9-125.

Villani struck eight boundaries in her 45-ball innings, which represented a return to form after her struggles in the recent ODI series between Australian and South Africa.

Such were her returns that she was dropped down the order from opener to No.7 for the last two games of the series.

It took until the second day and fifth match of the opening WBBL round for Villani to become the first player to reach 50 in the eight-team competition.

"I think probably it kind of felt like getting in to the competition yesterday, so there was probably a few nerves out there," Villani told AAP.

"I think the more games we get into, the bigger the scores will be."

The Scorchers' England quick Katherine Brunt dismissed both her compatriot Heather Knight and dangerous West Indian opener Hayley Matthews in the sixth over, as the Hurricanes' chase never really got going .

"Our top order, no-one really fired," Hurricanes coach Julia Price said.

"Whether we were just trying to hit it too hard or trying to emulate what they did, when we probably just needed to play our own game.

"We didn't really hit our (bowling) lengths we were planning on doing, therefore it made it fairly easy for them to score those runs and way too many boundaries."

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