Women’s Big Bash League 2019 continues with thrill and action each day crowd enjoys with fantastic cricket and huge sixes. Today three matches were scheduled and all matches ended very closely.
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars
Sophie Devine’s later innings rush gave the Adelaide Strikers the backdrop for a 17-run victory over the Melbourne Stars. Devine beat five consecutive sixes from the last five balls of the Striker’s innings to bring them to 4-164.
In no time at all, the New Zealand all-rounder broke away from relatively quiet 55 of 51 balls and ended unbeaten on 85 of 56.
At the end of their fireworks was the 18-year-old stars-leg spinner Madeline Penna, who had been impressively bowling until then to get from their first three overs 3: 17.
Devine’s final confusion conflicted with the gameplay in an inning in which Striker fighters struggled to get going, with Suzie Bates (36 out of 30) and Tahlia McGrath (19 out of 16) the other main characters.
In response, the stars lost early captain Elyse Villani (1), before the two South Africans Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee had brought their team on the road to an unlikely victory.
But after Lee left with 52/41 and was caught in depth by Katie Mack, the wheels began to roll for the stars as the gates fell.
Du Preez scored her highest WBBL score of 51: 70, but when she was hit by leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington’s bowling, the target looked out of reach of the stars.
At 1: 115, they broke to 8: 147, with Wellington (3: 31) leading the wicket, while Devine’s 2-1 down to four overs completed a brilliant all-round day.
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes
Molly Strano played the lead role as the Melbourne Renegades won a victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in the Junction Oval with eight goals.
Facing the trend of four final results, the Renegades narrowly missed their 109 goals and scored 26 deliveries to win two consecutive wins against the Hobart team.
English couple Danni Wyatt, 45, and Tammy Beaumont, 37, led the chase and completed 72 runs for the second wicket after Sophie Molineux, 12, was brilliantly caught by Belinda Vakarewa of her own bowling.
Vakarewa (2-16) took a second wicket to remove Beaumont, but the result was already clear, as captain Jess Duffin (6no) did not hate further.
The Renegades attack ensured regular Hurricane ports, led by Strano (3: 19), Maitlan Brown (2: 19) and Molineux (2: 24).
Strano scored two goals in the second leg to eliminate the two Hurricanes strikers and wickets. Heather Knight (20) scored the most goals for the visitors.
The Renegades have now won two games and have one week to recover before flying to Sydney to compete against the Sixers, while the hurricanes who lost six in the trot compete against the Sixers in Launceston on Wednesday.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder
Heather Graham played the lead role with bat and ball when Perth scorchers scored two wins in so many games over the weekend, leaving Sydney Thunder seven runs behind.
The Scorchers brave the recent trend of teams dropping a game the day after a win, and nervously defended Karen Rolton Oval 5: 151 against top-ranked Thunder.
After the early defeats of Amy Jones (6) and Meg Lanning (6) – the former was substituted by Shabnim Ismail before the latter overcame a long supply of Rene Farrell – Natalie Sciver led the recovery with an aggressive 22-ball 37.
She shared a 59-run stance with Georgia Redmayne (35) before Graham’s late-innings cameo from 33 out of 20 deliveries, including two sixes, gave the scorchers a late boost.
The Thunder came into play without captain Rachael Haynes, who had a foot infection, and 16-year-old young gunslinger Phoebe Litchfield, who completes her exams for the tenth year.
Nevertheless, their fighters made a good fist in the pursuit, which was started by a fast 30-year-old from kicker Naomi Stalenberg.
Thunder’s debutant, Tahlia Wilson, shone in a 39-ball 47-note game, shared a 57-run stance with veteran Alex Blackwell (29), but ultimately failed to get her team over the line ,
Graham, who finished in 4-23 with 3-22, was brilliant at the death and lost only 10 runs from the 16th and 19th Overs.