Cricket: White Ferns captain Sophie Devine strikes stunning century for Perth Scorchers in Women's Big Bash League

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine set the Australian Women's Big Bash alight on Sunday, striking a century for Perth Scorchers against Sydney Thunder at Launceston, Tasmania.

Opening the batting, Devine, 32, hammered a sublime 101 runs from 60 balls, as her Perth side romped to an emphatic 81 run victory over Sydney Thunder.

The Scorchers' Kiwi skipper hit eight boundaries and six sixes, reaching her half-century from 32 balls, and took another 16 deliveries to move from 50 to 100 - raising her bat again by bringing up three figures from 58 balls.

Devine was only dismissed in the 19th over of the Scorchers' innings, caught by Indian international Smriti Mandhana off the bowling of Hannah Darlington.

Thanks to Devine's 173 run opening stand with Australian international Beth Mooney (65 from 54), the Scorchers racked up an imposing 186/2 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Sydney Thunder limped to 105/9, with the top scorer being Phoebe Litchfield with 24.

Alana King finished as the pick of the bowlers for Perth, taking 4/11 from her four overs, while Devine rolled her arm over to bowl one over for two runs, without taking a wicket.

Perth's victory, their second of the season, sees the Scorchers move third on the Women's Big Bash League ladder, sitting with five points as part of a five way log jam - with just net run rate separating the top five teams.