The Thunder welcomed the Renegades to manuka Oval in Canberra for the first match of a double header with the BBL sides meeting later in the day. The toss was delayed whilst the covers were removed after quite a lot of rain overnight and in the morning.
The Thunder XI was unchanged from their previous match against the Adelaide Strikers in Wagga. Alex Blackwell won the toss and elected to bowl first. This was instantly looking like the right decision with Farrell striking in the first over, having Inglis caught by Carey for a four ball duck. This was a sign of things to come for the Thunder who took wickets regularly and never let the Renegades get on top.
Nicola Carey was the pick of the bowlers with outstanding figures of 3-10 from 3.5 overs. All 6 bowlers picked up a wicket with only one of them going for more than 6 and over! They eventually bowled out the Renegades for 68.
In reply the Thunder struggled to get off to the good starts they have been accustomed to. Priest was dismissed LBW in the second over to Strano for 1. Thankfully her opening partner Haynes was able to bat for the majority of the innings.
Chasing low totals can often be tricky and that was the case for the Thunder with Blackwell and Stalenberg falling for 4 & 6 respectively. Fran Wilson had her chance to bat for the Thunder but was only able to make 1 run before pulling one straight to short mid-wicket. Player of the match Nicola Carey wasn’t able to re-produce her heroics with the ball and was out for 0. It was left to Taylor & Farrell to see the side home to a 4 wicket victory with 4 overs to spare. Worth mentioning how key the innings of Rachael Haynes was in the situation, she anchored the innings superbly, making a valuable 37.