Thunder took on the Brisbane Heat for the second time in as many days when they met at the Allan Border Field this afternoon. Thunder were look to gain revenge after their loss yesterday to finish the group stage on a high before the semi-finals.
Thunder were forced into making one change from the side that lost yesterday with Lisa Griffith replacing Naomi Stalenberg who gained a slight hamstring strain the previous day.
The Heat won the toss and elected to bowl first. Thunder openers Priest and Haynes both got off to slow starts, however on the final ball of the third over after hitting a 6 and two 4’s, Priest was caught by Harris off the bowling of Johnson. No Thunder batter really managed to get going and wickets were lost at regular intervals. A devastating spell of bowling from Barsby ripped out the middle order and if it wasn’t for the crucial runs from Carey & Farrell the Thunder may have struggled to get over 100. At the end of the innings we finished on 8/117, a little less than what would’ve have been the target before the match.
The Heat needed to have a big win if they were too finish on the top 4 as their NRR was less than the teams above them. That was reflected in their chase. With 5 of their top 7 finishing with a strike rate of over 100. The Thunder had the perfect start, dismissing the dangerous Mooney with just the second ball of the innings. Few Heat batters managed to get going apart from Harris & Jonassen who both scored 33.
The Thunder bowlers did a superb job of restricting the Heat batters as well as picking up regular wickets. The pick of the bowlers were Farrell & Vakarewa both picking up 3 wickets. Sam Bates also deserves credit for holding her nerve, picking up the final wicket with the Heat requiring just 3 more runs for victory.