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Thunder Falter in Massive WBBL Chase

05 January 2017

The Sydney Thunder have suffered their second consecutive WBBL defeat, falling 45 runs short of the massive 172 set by the Hobart Hurricanes.

The Sydney Thunder have suffered their second consecutive WBBL defeat, failing to chase a massive 4/172 set by the Hobart Hurricanes at the University of Tasmania Stadium.

Hurricanes captain Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat, sending Erin Burns and Georgia Redmayne out to open.

Rene Farrell was economical with the ball and was rewarded in the sixth over, claiming the wicket of Redmayne for 8.

Burns was powerful from the very start, slamming 46 from 47 deliveries before being clean bowled Nicola Carey.

Knight and Burns combined for a second wicket partnership of 64 as Knight blasted 47 from just 29 balls. 

Knight was clean bowled by Sam Bates before Amy Satterthwaite (32 from 24) and Hayley Matthews (166 off 11 balls) added some fast, late order runs to post 3/171; the largest total in WBBL02 so far. 

Thunder never really got going in their chase of 172 with Stafanie Taylor run out for 10.

Rachel Haynes slammed 28 from 22 deliveries before being caught off the bowling of Julie Hunter. 

Thunder captain Alex Blackwell tried to lift her side’s run-rate, quickly compiling 20 from 16 deliveries before she was given out LBW off the bowling of Matthews. 

The Thunder never recovered and a flurry of wickets saw them finish 45 runs short of the target despite some late hitting from Harmanpreet Kaur (32 off 32).

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