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Priest goes big in Burnie as Thunder make it four in a row

03 November 2019

Thunder claim six-wicket win over the Hurricanes

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.

THE TEAMS

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.

CAPTAIN'S WORD

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.

WBBL|05 TICKETS

Friday 15 November | Vs Sydney Sixers | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM

Saturday 16 November | Vs Brisbane Heat | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM

Wednesday 27 November | Vs Melbourne Stars | Manuka Oval | 2.30PM

Wednesday 20 November | Vs Adelaide Strikers | North Dalton Park | 2.30PM