Perth Scorchers survived a massive scare to defeat the Adelaide Strikers by two runs in a last-ball cliffhanger at Kare Rolton Oval.
Bridget Patterson, who played the knock of her life to drag the Strikers out of the mire, needed four to win on Saturday afternoon off the final ball from Heather Graham to haul in the Scorchers’ 3-173.
But Patterson, who had crunched six fours and three sixes in her sizzling 60 from 32 balls, couldn’t quite find the rope one last time.
Her hoick found Chole Piparo in the deep and Patterson was run-out attempting her second run.
Patterson earlier combined with Sophie Devine (58) for a 75-run partnership to give the Strikers a sniff despite an escalating asking rate.
She seized control after Devine was bowled around her legs by Nat Sciver, only to fall agonisingly short of boosting her side back to the top of the table.
The Scorchers’ victory was set up by a commanding 141-run opening stand between Amy Jones (80) and Australian captain Meg Lanning (64).
After a quiet powerplay, the pair savaged the Strikers’ attack before both fell to sharp catches.
Player-of-the-match Jones whacked two sixes in her 58-ball dig before Sciver (17 off seven, including two sixes) fired late to give the Strikers an imposing total to chase.