|Women’s Big Bash League semi-final, Perth Stadium:|
|Perth Scorchers 148-2 (20 overs): Sciver 38*, Villani 38, Bolton 37|
|Sydney Thunder 121-8 (20 overs): Wilson 46; King 3-17|
|Perth Scorchers won by 27 runs|
England’s World Cup winners Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt will play in the Women’s Big Bash League final after Perth Scorchers beat Sydney Thunder by 27 runs in the semi-final in Perth.
After openers Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani added 65, Sciver hit 38 not out from 28 balls to help Perth to 148-2.
England batter Fran Wilson top-scored with 46 before being run out by Sciver as Thunder fell well short.
Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers meet in Friday’s second semi-final.
After Bolton and Villiani’s impressive opening stand, Sciver and Heather Graham added 62 in the final 8.2 overs to post a challenging total.
With Brunt (1-24) taking the new ball, off-spinner Emma King ripped through the middle order with 3-17 as Wilson, batting at seven, lacked support.
In the second women’s semi-final, England opener Tammy Beaumont is set to feature for the Strikers, whose assistant coach is ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards, against the Sixers – defending champions from 2017 – whose side includes fellow England international Amy Jones.
Later, the Scorchers will attempt to make it a Perth double when they face Hobart Hurricanes in the first men’s semi-final (08:30 GMT).
You can listen to commentary on the men’s and women’s Big Bash semi-finals and finals on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.