Perth Scorchers survived a massive fear to defeat the Adelaide Strikers with two runs in a last-ball cliffhanger at Karen Rolton Oval.
Bridget Patterson, who made the best game of her life to pull the Strikers out of the swamp, needed four wins on Saturday afternoon after Heather Graham’s last ball to score the Scorchers’ 3: 173.
But Patterson, who had crushed six fours and three sixes in her sizzling 60 of 32 balls, could not find the rope one last time.
Their bastard found Chloe Piparo in the deep and Patterson ran out to try their second run.
Patterson had previously teamed up with Sophie Devine, 58, for a 75-year partnership to sniff the Strikers despite escalating demand.
She took control after Devine was hurled around her legs by Nat Sciver, only to painfully fail to lift her side back onto the tabletop.
The Scorchers’ victory was prepared by a 141-run prelude between Amy Jones (80) and Australian captain Meg Lanning (64).
After a quiet powerplay, the pair broke the Striker attack before both fell sharply.
Player Jones hit two sixes in her 58-ball dig before Sciver (17 out of seven, including two sixes) fired too late to allow the Striker an impressive chase.