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Scorchers can bounce back: Sciver

04 February 2018

The Scorchers stumbled on the final stage, but with an ace up their sleeve are already eyeing going a step further in WBBL|04

Not much went right for Perth Scorchers in the Rebel WBBL|03 Final, but allrounder Nat Sciver is backing the team to bounce back and again be a big contender for the WBBL|04 title.

A tight start from the Sydney Sixers bowlers heaped the pressure on openers Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton, and when player-of-the-match Sarah Coyte broke through for the big wicket of the Scorchers' captain, it triggered a 3-6 collapse and the Scorchers never recovered, eventually bowled out for 99.

The Sixers cruised to their second title win in a row, passing the target just one wicket down and with five overs to spare.

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"It was just a bad day of cricket from us, and unfortunately we had to play it on the biggest stage in this tournament," Sciver said.

"In a situation like that (when you lose a key wicket under pressure), it's always difficult not to lose wickets in clusters. And unfortunately, we managed that a couple of times and never really got a partnership going, which is what has been one of our strengths throughout the season.

"It was good bowling, but I'm guessing there were a few nerves around. They just bowled really tight lines and didn't really give anything away - no freebies for us to really capitalise on to help kickstart our innings."

Sciver, who was part of the early collapse caught behind for two off Ellyse Perry's bowling, said the Scorchers failed to replicate the form that carried them through to the decider in the first place.

"Previously, the girls have done brilliantly, really, and throughout the season different people have stood up," she said.

"We couldn't have played any worse, really."

Prior to the decider, the Scorchers had won both clashes against the Sixers in WBBL|03 and - as Sciver pointed out - a practice match as well.

But the Sixers, who have appeared in all three WBBL finals to date, produced another brilliant performance after being sent out to bowl first and the Scorchers had few answers.

But come next season, they'll have an extra - and quite significant - weapon to bring into their batting line-up.

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The burnt orange team caused a stir in the off-season when they landed the huge signing of Meg Lanning, who'd captained the Melbourne Stars in the first two seasons of the competition.

The Scorchers signed the Australia captain on a three-year deal, knowing she would miss this summer as she recovered from shoulder surgery.

But with her return just around the corner, the Scorchers are looking forward to the extra firepower she will bring with the bat.

"We've managed without her this season, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the team will be like with her in," Sciver said.

"Without her, these girls have got to two finals already.

"The season has been really good. The group of girls we had allowed me to perform a little bit better for the girls.

"It's a brilliant group who I know can reach more finals and hopefully get over the line next time."

 

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