The Thunder welcomed the Renegades to Manuka Oval in Canberra for the second match of the day between the two clubs. Thunder skipper Shane Watson won what was expected to be a crucial toss to win after the pitch appeared rather two paced in the WBBL game. Watto produced the goods by winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
However the Renegades openers seemed to have little trouble with the pitch, putting on 77 for the first wicket at nearly 10 runs an over. Harris was the main aggressor, smashing 64 from 41 deliveries before being bowled by Green. No other batsmen made a significant score, however all but 1 scored at better than a run a ball, allowing the visitors to finish on an ominous total of 6/189, helped by 25 runs from the final over.
The Thunder got off to the worst possible start, losing overseas batsmen James Vince for just 1 in the second over. He was followed shortly after by Patterson. With the score on 2/13 some serious rebuilding was required. Watson and Lenton put on 33 for the third wicket before Watson was well caught by Pollard for 22. Lenton was looking dangerous before also being caught and departing for 23.
It was then Nair & Rohrer who brought the Thunder right back into the match with some powerful striking. One over in particular from Rohrer turned the game on its head and put Thunder in a strong position. He took 28 from Wildermuth’s third over but then departed shortly after for 48 from just 21 balls. Nair also departed shortly before that for 45 from 25 including an 102 meter six!
A spirited innings from Green at the end brought Thunder within touching distance but in the end they were bowled out on the final ball, 10 runs short of their target.
This unfortunately rules out a top 4 finish for the Thunder but there has been many positives to take from the season!