Half-centuries from England’s Heather Knight and captain Rachael Haynes, followed by a brilliant spell of 3/9 from right-arm seamer Samantha Bates sealed a comfortable 24-run win for Sydney Thunder on Wednesday (November 4).
Put into bat by Perth Scorchers, Thunder found themselves in early trouble at 22 for three with a wicket each for Sarah Glenn, Piepa Cleary and Taneale Peschel. This is when the two veterans – Knight and Haynes – came together and showed their class. With a partnership of 108, the duo staged an incredible recovery and led the team to a score of 144. What was impressive in their partnership was how they absorbed the early pressure, without going into their shells, and then provided a big finish. 47 runs were scored in the final four overs.
In response, opener Beth Mooney led a solo effort for the Scorchers with her half-century. But the complete lack of support inevitably weighed her down. After her 61 off 49 balls, the highest score was 19 as none of the rest even made it into double digits. Bates did the early damage with the ball by getting rid of the dangerous Sophie Devine, and then the rest backed her up. The Scorchers eventually folded for 120.
Brief scores: Sydney Thunder Women 144/4 in 20 overs (Rachael Haynes 61*, Heather Knight 57; Sarah Glenn 1/13) beat Perth Scorchers Women 120 in 19.4 overs (Beth Mooney 61; Samantha Bates 3/9) by 24 runs.
In a low-scoring affair, captain Ellyse Perry’s all-round show helped Sydney Sixers beat Brisbane Heat by 24 runs. Perry top-scored with 54 and returned figures of 3-17 to play a central role in the win.
Opting to bat first, the Sixers’ effort revolved around Perry who almost batted right through the innings. However, the runs didn’t come easy. Her innings only had four boundaries on a pitch that didn’t seem conducive for shot-making. Perry had to remain content with knocking the ball around and building the innings gradually while hoping to cash in later. That wasn’t straightforward though as left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen kept striking crucial blows. She got rid of Ashleigh Gardner early and then came back in the 15th over to remove Marizanne Kapp and Erin Burns back-to-back. But the Sixers still managed around 33 in the last four overs to get to 129.
Perry may have only got the Sixers to a competitive score with the bat, but she was so ruthless with the ball that it looked like the chase was almost over by the powerplay as the Heat collapsed to 17/4. Perry hit the stumps twice and had Grace Harris caught behind to leave the opposition gasping.
Jonassen, who took a four-fer earlier, threatened to bring Heat back into the game. She counterattacked with 30 off 20 balls, but Gardner put an end to the recovery and got her stumped. The off-spinner followed it up by trapping Delissa Kimmince LBW for a duck in the same over. There was a last-ditch effort from Nadine de Klerk but by that point the game had already slipped away.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 129/7 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 54; Jess Jonassen 4/28) beat Brisbane Heat 105 in 19 overs (Nadine de Klerk 32, Jess Jonassen 30; Ellyse Perry 3/17, Ashleigh Gardner 3/21) by 24 runs.
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