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