England captain Heather Knight, together with her Thunder skipper Rachael Haynes, have powered their side to victory against the Melbourne Renegades at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Knight remained 58 not out from just 32 balls, finishing the match with a six down the ground. Haynes made a classy 33 not out from 29 and the pair shared an unbeaten 73-run partnership.
The Thunder finished 2/132 in the 15th over chasing 127 for the win.
The victory broke a streak of three straight losses and keeps the Thunder in inside the top four in third on five wins.
Hannah Darlington again stood out with the ball. The 19-year-old seamer claimed three wickets for the second match running and finished with 3-22 from her four overs.
The Thunder made a lightning start reaching 48 in the powerplay for just the loss of Rachel Trenaman (15).
Tammy Beaumont looked set for a big innings reaching 23 from 17 balls before she departed leg before wicket to Carly Leeson.
Then Knight and Haynes took over.
After winning the bat flip and electing to bowl, two wickets inside the powerplay gave the Thunder the advantage. Speedster Shabnim Ismail (1-21) and Bates (1-30) claimed one each, including the wicket of South African Lizelle Lee and allrounder Sophie Molineux.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Could be no-one else. Knight posted her fourth half-century of the tournament hitting seven fours and two sixes in her unbeaten 58.
The England star has scored 353 runs at an average of 50.42.
The Thunder will back up tomorrow in the Sydney Smash against cross-town rivals, the Sydney Sixers, who will be looking to break a string of five losses. While the Thunder continue their push for Finals.
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