The WBBL semi-finals are set, and the Sydney Sixers will take on the Melbourne Renegades, and the Sydney Thunder will take on the Brisbane Heat, with both matches at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday.
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades
It was a high-quality match-up at Spotless Stadium, with two teams that are peaking at the right stage of the season facing off.
The Thunder won the toss and elected to bowl, but it was the Renegades who got off to a fast start, with Sophie Molineux and Danni Wyatt finding the boundary early.
Molineux hit the first six of the innings in the fifth over with a lusty blow over long on, but the very next ball she found herself heading back to the dressing room after trying to replicate the shot and holing out to Nicola Carey.
That didn’t stop Wyatt, though, who built up another partnership with fellow International Amy Satterthwaite. While they had wickets in hand, the Renegades were struggling to keep the scoreboard going, and after 13 overs, they were scoring at just over a run a ball.
The Thunder’s tight bowling continued, and the Renegades weren’t able to capitalise on the wickets in hand, making a slightly below par total of 139.
After a successful season for the top order, it was good to see Alex Blackwell hit the match winning knock, with a dominant 66 off 48 not out. In a throwback innings, she showed her class, hitting plenty of drives down the ground.
Alex Blackwell fires a fours straight back over the bowler's head 🔥 #ThunderNation pic.twitter.com/JvOlvtUYNW— Sydney Thunder WBBL (@ThunderWBBL) January 8, 2019
She hit the winning runs with a six over long on to cap off a whirlwind innings, which put her side on top of the table.