Sydney Thunder has jumped to top of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash ladder with a six-wicket victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in Burnie.
Thunder made a fantastic start in the field, restricting the Hurricanes to just 2/40 from the first ten overs. However, a brilliant performance by England captain Heather Knight (77 runs from 49 deliveries) and late cameo from South African import Chloe Tryon (21 from 12) powered the home side to a competitive total of 149.
Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar was the best of the Thunder bowlers, finishing with figures of 2/16 from her four overs.
In reply, a quickfire half-century to Rachel Priest set up the chase before Phoebe Litchfield (26*) finished it off for Thunder.
Thunder made one change to its side, with debutant Saskia Horley coming into the side for Lisa Griffith who was rested.
The Hurricanes also made one change, with Meg Phillips replacing Stef Daffara in the starting XI.
Thunder: Rachael Haynes (C), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Phoebe Litchfield, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg
Hurricanes: Corinne Hall, Nicola Carey, Erin Fazackerley, Maisy Gibson, Heather Knight, Meg Phillips, Chloe Tryon, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Frances Wilson
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
New Zealand international Rachel Priest scored 50 from just 31 deliveries, including seven fours and two sixes, to get Thunder’s chase off to a strong start.
The wicketkeeper-batter scored a quickfire 31 from 17 against the Brisbane Heat and 45 from 36 against the Melbourne Stars, however was yet to register a half-century in WBBL|05.
THE BIG MOMENT
Young guns Hannah Darlington (17) and Phoebe Litchfield (16) combined to claim the big wicket of England captain Heather Knight, who scored a blistering 77 runs from 49 deliveries.
Hear from skipper Rachael Haynes after the game.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder head to Adelaide and Perth to take on the Scorchers on Sunday 10 November (Karen Rolton Oval, 2:30pm AEDT) and Tuesday 12 November (WACA Ground, 8:30pm AEDT).
Fans across the Thunder Nation can stream both games live on cricket.com.au and Kayo, with radio coverage from ABC Grandstand.