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Thunder miss out on final spot

01 February 2018

Scorchers the deserved winners in WBBL semi-final in Perth

The Thunder WBBL squad were all set to take on the Scorchers in the biggest game of the season so far, a semi-final at the brand new Optus Stadium in Perth. Thunder skipper Alex Blackwell, won the toss and elected to bowl. There was 1 change to the Thunder side that won their last group game against the Heat with Naomi Stalenberg coming back into the side in the place of Lisa Griffith after overcoming the hamstring injury that kept her out.

The Thunder did not get off to the start they would’ve hoped for with the Scorchers openers Villani & Bolton getting off to a flyer. Villani in particular was finding the boundary regularly and with relative ease.

It tool until the 10th over for Thunder to make the breakthrough, with Nicola Carey removing the dangerous Villani LBW for 38, with the total on 65. After this the Thunder began to slow up the run rate considerately, stemming the boundaries and finding some dot balls.

However wickets were hard to come by which allowed the Scorchers to build partnerships and play themselves in. Taylor removed Bolton for 37, but towards the end of the innings the Scorchers were able to accelerate again and with Sciver (38) & Graham (27) both finishing not out, bringing the Scorchers total to 2/148 from 20 overs.

The Thunder knew they would need to start well in reply and they did the exact opposite, Haynes was adjudged LBW for just 1 in the second over. Her opening partner was in usual aggressive form, but when she was dismissed for 25 with the teams total on 31, the Thunder innings started to go downhill.

Blackwell & Stalenberg both struggled to get the bowlers away with the captain dismissed for 9 from 22 ball and Stalenberg dismissed for 1 from 6 balls. Overseas batter Taylor failed to get going and was removed for 7. Carey and Wilson showed some fight for the Thunder, giving them slight hope of reaching the final, but they consistently needed over 10 runs an over which was proving too much with the Scorchers bowling and fielding well.

Carey was dismissed for a hard fought 22 and Wilson was eventually run out for an excellent 46 from just 28 deliveries.

Scorchers winning by 27 runs to put an end to the Thunder WBBL|03 campaign.