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.
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars
The Melbourne Stars were disappointing, but the Heat were clinical in a comfortable win at the Gabba.
Sammy-Jo Johnson and Jess Jonassen were the standouts for the Heat, with Johnson picking up the first three wickets and Jonassen cleaning up the middle order. Delissa Kimmince cleaned up the tail with three wickets in the last over.
The Sammy-Jo special! 💪#WBBL04 pic.twitter.com/PyfygUFLYA— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) January 10, 2019
The Stars were poor with the bat, but the most disappointing part of their innings was the lack of intent. They’d settle for singles when twos were possible, and they didn’t look to dominate the bowling at all.
With the bat, Johnson and Jonassen were the stars once again, with both facing just fourteen deliveries, making 30 and 34 not out respectively. It took the heat just 8.4 overs to chase down the runs.
Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers
Adelaide continued their strong finish to the season with a win over Perth in the first match of a doubleheader for these two sides.
Unsurprisingly, it was Devine who provided the fireworks for Adelaide, smashing 59 off 48 at the top of the order. This time Bridget Patterson provided the support, hitting three sixes of her own in an aggressive knock.
Sophie Devine is just smashing runs for fun this summer 💁♀️— AdelaideStrikersWBBL (@StrikersWBBL) January 12, 2019
Highlights from @sophdevine77's latest 5⃣0⃣ 👇 #BlueEnergy #WBBL04 pic.twitter.com/qtxUdYBFoG
At the halfway point, the Scorchers would have fancied their chances given that their top order have such big names, but it was the Strikers that struck early, with Megan Schutt dismissing Meg Lanning in the first over.
When Elyse Villani and Chloe Piparo were also dismissed in the powerplay, and Amy Jones followed soon after, it was clear that Adelaide would cruise to a comfortable victory.
The second fixture between these two teams panned out differently, with Perth cruising to a comfortable win.
This time the Scorchers got Devine early, with Hayley Jensen cramping up Devine, who tried to cut a ball too close to her off stump and picked out Lauren Ebsary at backward point.
Everyone made a start for Adelaide, but no one converted their start into a big score. Amanda-Jade Wellington, who has struggled with the bat this tournament, contributed 30 off just 12 deliveries to boost Adelaide’s total to 140.
It was a dominant chase from Perth, with openers Amy Jones and Lanning putting on an unbeaten 144.
Meg Lanning notches up her fifth fifty of the season, getting there off 30 balls!— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) January 13, 2019
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Jones was the first to accelerate, smashing a six and two fours in the fourth over. From there both players seemingly tried to keep pace with each other, and both ended on 70 not out, chasing down the total with 3.2 overs to spare.