Gaby Lewis top scored with 60 in a Player of the Match display to lead her side to victory in the opening game of the Super 50 Cup at Pembroke.

The Irish opener overcame a sluggish start to hit nine boundaries in an innings that grew in fluency, dominating an opening stand of 74 in 17 overs with Leah Paul (16).

Gaby Lewis  on her way to 60 at Sydney Parade (pic: Rodney Smythe)

Cara Murray was bowled by Zara Craig for 0, and when Lewis was trapped lbw by Irish skipper Laura Delany the momentum looked to have turned.

However solid partnerships of 45, 41 and an unbroken 42 saw the Scorchers recover to post 221 for 5.

Shauna Kavanagh made 48, while Sophie MacMahon (38*) and Lara Maritz (20*) gave the innings late impetus.

The Typhoons started their chase in similar fashion with Rachel Delaney (21) and Rebecca Stokell (20) sharing an opening stand of 42, before Ashlee King bowled Stokell.

The Western Australian contracted player overcame a shaky start to show just what she is capable of, being comfortably the quickest bowler on show.

The introduction of spinners Leah Paul and Cara Murray saw wickets fall regularly and at 110 for 5, it looked as if a comfortable win was on the cards.

However a sixth wicket stand of 74 in 15 overs between Loulou Little (42) and Celeste Raack (40*) offered hope.

That ended with Murray's third wicket courtesy of an excellent sprawling catch by Lewis, and with Paul also claiming three scalps, a 14-run was secured,

"I thought the team played excellent today," said Gaby Lewis at the post-match presentation.

"Lara Marirz and Ashlee King bowled well and I thought the spinners Cara Murray and Leah Paul were superb, plus Sophie MacMahon up front, an excellent all-round bowling performance.

"We had pace on the ball in the middle which worked for a time then changed it up with the spin combination. We took wickets at the right time which was perfect, and we broke that partnership between Loulou Little and Celeste Raack just when it was needed.

"Great to start the seven match series with a win, and we have back-to-back games next weekend at Pembroke and Leinster. Thereís a few heavy legs but itís just brilliant to be back playing again.

Super 50 Cup

At Sydney Parade, Scorchers beat Typhoons by 14 runs

Scorchers 221/5 (50 overs; G Lewis 60, S Kavanagh 48, S MacMahon 38, L Maritz 20*)

Typhoons 207/9 (50 overs; L Little 42, C Raack 40*, L Delany 24, R Delaney 21, R Stokell 20; C Murray 3-39, L Paul 3-42)

Full scorecard

Scorchers Vs Typhoons
1-Innings Match Played At Sydney Parade, Dublin, 25-Apr-2021, Women's Super 50
Scorchers Win by 14 runs

Round 1
Toss won by Typhoons
Umpires Asim Ali Baig - Paul Reynolds
Scorers H Caird - Stella Downes
Umpire notes Match referee: K Gallagher
Home Side (neutral)
Player of Match G Lewis

Scorchers 1st Innings 221/5 Closed (Overs 50)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
L Paul run out L Delany/A Hunter   16 71 44 1 0
G Lewis* lbw b L Delany 60 85 72 9 0
C Murray   b Z Craig 0 3 3 0 0
SM Kavanagh+ lbw b J Maguire 48 97 76 3 0
A Dalzell c A Hunter b O Prendergast 7 50 42 0 0
S MacMahon not out   38 59 46 2 0
L Maritz not out   20 23 20 1 0
J Sparrow dnb            
K McEvoy dnb            
A King dnb            
C Coulter Reilly dnb            
extras   (b1 lb4 w24 nb3) 32        
TOTAL   5 wickets for 221        
FOW
1-74(L Paul) 2-80(C Murray) 3-94(G Lewis) 4-139(A Dalzell) 5-179(SM Kavanagh)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
O Prendergast 10 0 48 1 4 1
A Canning 10 0 27 0 3 -
J Maguire 7 0 39 1 5 -
C Raack 10 0 46 0 5 -
L Delany 7 0 17 1 2 -
Z Craig 3 0 21 1 4 1
F Sargent 3 0 18 0 1 1

Typhoons 1st Innings 207/9 Closed (Overs 50)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
R Stokell   b A King 20 46 42 2 0
Rachel Delaney   b L Paul 21 75 53 2 0
A Hunter+ lbw b C Murray 17 78 44 1 0
L Delany* st SM Kavanagh b C Murray 24 34 28 4 0
O Prendergast lbw b L Paul 4 8 11 0 0
L Little c G Lewis b C Murray 42 57 51 2 0
C Raack not out   40 68 55 1 0
J Maguire c SM Kavanagh b L Paul 1 3 3 0 0
Z Craig run out S MacMahon   5 11 10 0 0
A Canning   b S MacMahon 0 2 3 0 0
F Sargent dnb            
extras   (b3 lb4 w26 nb0) 33        
TOTAL   9 wickets for 207        
FOW
1-44(R Stokell) 2-62(Rachel Delaney) 3-99(L Delany) 4-107(O Prendergast)
5-110(A Hunter) 6-184(L Little) 7-188(J Maguire) 8-206(Z Craig) 9-207(A Canning)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
K McEvoy 4 0 18 0 4 -
S MacMahon 8 0 23 1 4 -
L Maritz 9 0 28 0 4 -
A King 8 0 36 1 5 -
L Paul 10 0 42 3 3 -
C Murray 9 0 39 3 2 -
A Dalzell 1 0 6 0 - -
J Sparrow 1 0 8 0 4 -