We’re past the halfway mark of the WBBL and the ladder is starting to take shape.
She ended with 66 off 50 not out, and anchored an extremely entertaining run chase perfectly, hitting the winning runs with one ball to spare.
The rematch wasn’t quite the run fest of the first match, but it was still highly entertaining, with Heather Graham bowling a clutch final over to get her team the victory.
The Thunder won the toss and elected to bowl, and the decision was validated early, as Lisa Griffith dismissed both Amy Jones and Meg Lanning in the powerplay. Heather Graham followed soon after, and without Elyse Villani, the Scorchers looked to be in trouble.
Australian one-day opener Nicole Bolton and the experienced Lauren Ebsary had other ideas though and put on 78 runs for the fifth wicket to give their bowlers a score to defend.
Bolton continued her good game, picking up a wicket in each of her first two overs, sending Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg back to the sheds. A solid partnership between Rachael Haynes and Alex Blackwell looked to put the Thunder in a fantastic position, but they both fell within a couple of overs of each other, which cost the Thunder momentum.
Internationals Harmanpreet Kaur and Stefanie Taylor struggled to find the middle of the bat, and the Scorchers fought their way back into the match, but with just 24 runs required off 24 balls, they were still clear favourites.
Some good bowling from Perth meant that Sydney needed nine off the last over, and after Graham dismissed Kaur on the first ball of the over, the Thunder’s chase fell short.
Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat
The week ended with bottom feeders Hobart playing the in-form Brisbane Heat.
Brisbane’s innings never got going, with Grace Harris top scoring with 23 off 12 at the top of the order. Meg Phillips picked up the crucial wicket, as Harris holed out to long on.
Once again the Heat’s selections made for perplexing reading. Talented South African international leg spinner Sune Luus was left out despite taking 30 T20 international wickets at an economy of under six. Her South African teammate Laura Wolvaardt – an opening batter who doesn’t bowl and is more of a worker of the ball than a big hitter – was slotted in at number nine, a role that is hardly befitting of a classy batter with two international centuries.
For Hobart, Meg Phillips took three wickets with her crafty mediums, but it was the partnership of Corinne Hall and Mikayla Hinkley that won them the game. At 4/29, Hobart were in all sorts of trouble, but they put on 98 for the fifth wicket to secure a much needed victory for their side.