WBBL round-up – Sophie Devine’s wins another Super Over, Sydney Sixers slump again, Sydney Thunder off the mark
A recap of the latest action from the WBBL with four matches taking place on Saturday
Brisbane Heat 6 for 170 (Harris 75, Redmayne 64) beat Hobart Hurricanes 9 for 156 (du Preez 73, Jonassen 3-25) by 14 runs
Harris became the WBBL’s leading runscorer with 75 from 51 balls while Redmayne continued her excellent form making 64 from 50 deliveries. The Heat openers piled on a 140-run partnership in just 15 overs. Harris had enough time left to reach three figures after thrashing six fours and two sixes, but she was run out having been sent back by Redmayne attempting an ambitious second run.
The run out stalled Heat’s momentum as they scored just 30 runs from the last 29 balls. Redmayne was out off the last ball of the 19th over, having struck nine boundaries in her 64.
Hurricanes’ chase got off to a disastrous start with Rachel Priest and Ruth Johnston falling cheaply in the powerplay, with Jonassen claiming the key scalp of the Hurricanes captain. Mignon du Preez held the innings together with an outstanding innings that kept the Hurricanes in it. The South African veteran got great support from Nicola Carey during an 87-run stand. They reduced the chase to just 34 from 21. But du Preez was strangled down the leg side off Anneke Bosch.
Carey fell three balls later to all but end the Hurricanes’ hopes. Heat held their nerve with Jonassen returning in the 19th over to pick up a third wicket. Nicola Hancock had 18 runs to play with in the final over and picked up three wickets for just four runs to close out the match.
Perth Scorchers 5 for 121 (Mooney 36) tied with Adelaide Strikers 8 for 121
Super Over Perth Scorchers 0 for 12 beat Adelaide Strikers 2 for 9
Wellington’s spell ensured Scorchers couldn’t really build on an opening stand of 59 between Devine and Beth Mooney. Devine only managed a run-a-ball before falling to a tight stumping call and Wellington would go on to claim both Mooney and Chamari Athapaththu. Scorchers could only make 57 off their last 10 overs.
However, they defending superbly in the field with Lilly Mills’ offspin again impressive and at 7 for 88 they were favourites for victory. But Tegan McPharlin and Sarah Coyte took the game deep until two were needed off the last ball but they could only score a single. Marizanne Kapp then did her bit with the ball, aided by a superb boundary save by Alana King fourth ball. Devine did hers with the bat.
Melbourne Renegades 7 for 142 (Harmanpreet 43, Duffin 41*) beat Sydney Sixers 9 for 130 by 12 runs
After Renegades lost two wickets in the powerplay things were rebuilt by Harmanpreet and Jemimah Rodrigues as the pair added 51 in six overs. That was aided by Harmanpreet’s brisk start as she was 14 off three balls having dispatched a free hit from Stella Campbell for six second delivery. She eventually fell to India team-mate Radav Yadav but Duffin, who struck two wickets, took 17 off the final over from Nicole Bolton.
Sixers had restructured their batting order with a return to opening for Ellyse Perry but they stumbled again. Alyssa Healy missed a wild stoke against Sophie Molineux and Ash Gardner was run out from to leave them 2 for 12. The recovery was sluggish and then came off the rails when Perry picked out long-off and next ball Bolton was run out after poor communication with Shafali Verma who batted at No. 5.
When Angela Reakes fell it was 5 for 50 and almost game over, but Maitlan Brown hit 31 off 20 balls to give Sixers a glimmer. However, that ended when her and Shafali fell in the space of three deliveries to Falconcer although replays showed Shafali was unlucky with the ball having come off her hip to the keeper.
Sydney Thunder 5 for 133 (Wilson 54, Litchfield 49) beat Melbourne Stars 8 for 114 by 19 runs
Defending champions Sydney Thunder got their first win of the season on the board with an impressive performance in the field.
Elyse Villani and Maia Bouchier gave a platform but the pair fell in the space of three deliveries – Bouchier lbw to Bates and Villani missing a pull against Sammy-Jo Johnson – which derailed their chances. Deepti Sharma then claimed three wickets including a pair of return catches.
After he first significant score of the tournament against Melbourne Renegades, Smriti Mandhana fell cheaply as she chipped to mid-on. Litchfield played out a maiden against Sutherland but got herself going with a pair of boundaries in the allrounder’s next over. She was one short of fifty when a lofted drive found long-on but Wilson was about to reach a maiden WBBL fifty from 49 balls.