WBBL round-up – Harmanpreet Kaur’s chasing masterclass, Deepti Sharma helps Thunder go back-to-back

WBBL round-up – Harmanpreet Kaur’s chasing masterclass, Deepti Sharma helps Thunder go back-to-back



A recap of the latest action from the WBBL with all the teams again in action on Sunday

Melbourne Renegades 4 for 162 (Harmanpreet 73*) beat Adelaide Strikers 5 for 160 (van Niekerk 62, Wolvaardt 47) by six wickets

A magnificent innings from Harmanpreet Kaur was the centerpiece of Melbourne Renegades’ victory as they went to the top of the table with a big run chase. Harmanpreet struck five sixes in her 46-ball innings in which she timed the acceleration perfectly in the second half to enable them to get home with two balls to spare as Sophie Molineux found the boundary twice in her three deliveries.

At the midway point of the chase Renegades were well behind on 2 for 55 – despite a brisk innings of Jemimah Rodrigues – needing 106 from 60 balls, but then Harmanpreet took charge having been 10 off 16 balls. Consecutive sixes against Amanda-Jade Wellington signaled the change as the required rate was kept with realms. Josie Dooley played her part as did Jess Duffin, but Harmanpreet was the game changer. In the 18th over she took advantage of a free hit from a Darcie Brown beamer to flick another six over fine leg and then superbly sent Sarah Coyte over cover in the 19th.

She had earlier played her part with the ball with a couple of late wickets to help keep Renegades within range. A second-wicket stand of 73 between South Africa team-mates Dane van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt and dominated the first part. van Niekerk was the aggressor until falling lbw then Wolvaardt was able to find the boundary late on as 33 came from the last three overs but it still wasn’t enough.

Sydney Sixers 3 for 161 (Healy 94*) beat Perth Scorchers 9 for 117 (Bolton 3-11) by 45 runs

Alyssa Healy led the way with the bat and Nicole Bolton nabbed three wickets against her former club as Sydney Sixers lifted themselves back into the middle of a congested points table with an emphatic victory.

Healy dominated Sixers’ innings with 58% of their total as she fell one blow short of her fifth WBBL hundred. She formed a 101-run opening stand with Ellyse Perry but there may still be questions about the scoring rate alongside her even though it did not make a difference on this occasion. Ash Gardner, who has had a lean tournament so far, made 8 off 16 balls at No. 3.

Scorchers never made an impression on the chase. Sophie Devine couldn’t get going before being superbly caught at midwicket by Lauren Cheatle who also bowled excellently with 2 for 13 including 14 for balls in her four overs. But it was the spinners who went through the innings with Bolton and Radha Yadav taking 5 for 33 in six overs between them. Bolton removed Chloe Piparo, sent in at No. 3, and Chamari Athapaththu in four balls and when Yadav claimed Beth Mooney in the next over the game was done.

Melbourne Stars 2 for 99 beat Brisbane Heat 9 for 95 (Sutherland 3-21) by eight wickets

Table-toppers Brisbane Heat were comprehensively turned over by Melbourne Stars after they could only manage 95 from their 20 overs. It was a marked contrast to Saturday’s performance when opening pair Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne added 140 against Hobart Hurricanes.

Less than 24 hours later, Redmayne was trapped lbw in the opening over by Kim Garth and it set the tone for a poor batting display. Harris tried to hold the innings together but was bowled when she swung across the line at Tess Flintoff. Laura Kimmince’s lean season, where she hasn’t got out of single figures, continued when she scooped into the keeper’s gloves to give Annabel Sutherland one of her three wickets. None of the Stars bowlers went at a run-a-ball.

Elyse Villani was quickly out of the blocks in the chase and made 26 of the 30-run opening stand with Meg Lanning before edging behind. With no scoring-rate pressure Lanning, who has been low on runs, was able to play within herself while Maia Bouchier ticked along comfortably.

Sydney Thunder 6 for 146 (Mandhana 50) beat Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 109 (du Preez 41, Deepti 3-13) by 37 runs

Defending champions Sydney Thunder completed a weekend resurgence to kickstart their season with a second victory in two days as they dominated Hobart Hurricanes.

Smriti Mandhana provided the foundation for Thunder’s innings with her second half-century of the tournament while Phoebe Litchfield (31 off 25), Deepti Sharma (20 off 15) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (13 off 9) added impetus. Tayla Vlaeminck had made an early breakthrough but the left-hand pair Mandhana and Litchfield added 70 in eight overs for the second wicket. The fifth over of the innings from Vlaeminck lasted 10 balls.

Mandhana didn’t find top gear and was out the ball after reaching fifty as Nicola Carey hauled Thunder back but her final over, the 19th, cost 15 against Deepti and Johnson.

Issy Wong provided a huge breakthrough second ball when Rachel Priest drove to cover and Hurricanes fell behind the required rate. Mignon du Preez threatened to turn things around but became Deepti’s second wicket and Hurricanes fell away from 2 for 66. Deepti’s 3 for 13, following her handy innings, earned the player of the match award.


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