Thunderous big wins for a pair of teams in Hot form

IT was another day of a double header action in the WBBL yesterday, as the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder both picked up wins.

Sydney Thunders topples fellow team in green

In the battle of the green teams out at a very green Casey Fields in Melbourne’s outer south east, it was the visiting Sydney Thunder who proved victorious, winning by nine wickets.

The Stars batted first and made 5/123 from their 20 overs, before the Thunder came in and reached the target in just under 13 overs.

As has often been the case for the Stars for a while, they again kept losing too many wickets too quickly, with only a handful of batters making any kind of decent score. This time it was Annabel Sutherland and Sophia Dunkley, who made 42 not out and 34 respectively.

Meanwhile for the Thunder, it was Hannah Darlington who topped the wicket taking tally, picking up two wickets.

In reply, the Thunder openers Chamari Athapaththu and Tahlia Wilson had a bit of a field day, putting on a 119 opening run stance before Athapaththu was dismissed. From there it was a matter of mere formality for Wilson and Phoebe Litchfield to quickly make the last few runs needed.

Athapaththu ultimately top scored with 69, while Wilson made 45 not out. Meanwhile for the Stars, Dunkley was the only one to pick up a wicket.

Brisbane continue Heat streak

Brisbane Heat continued to prove they are one of the contenders this season, this time defeating Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets. The Hurricanes batted first in yesterday’s clash and made 8/120, before the Heat came out and reached that target with 16 balls spare.

Despite another strong showing with the bat from Elyse Villani (58 not out) the Hurricanes just kept losing too many wickets too quickly and could not get any decent sized partnerships going. Alongside Villani, only two other batters made a double figure score, with only Villani and Ruth Johnston outscoring the extras tally of 11.

Meanwhile for the Heat, the wicket taking duties really were shared around, with Charli Knott, Amelia Kerr and Courtney Sippel each picking up two wickets. That was not the end of Kerr’s starring role in the game, as she continued to make a statement in her return to the WBBL with an innings of 59 with bat in hand to help guide the Heat home.

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