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Thunder Beaten At The Furnace

08 January 2018

Blackwell Made 81 In Impressive Knock

Sent in to bat Sydney Thunder suffered a shaky start to the innings with England’s Katherine Brunt bowling Rachel Priest with the fourth ball of the innings with a perfect Yorker.

Rachael Haynes, who has already hit four half centuries in the tournament so far was caught by Ebsary short after for eight from the bowling of Nicole Bolton.

Stafanie Taylor and Alex Blackwell then batted through, bringing up their 100-run partnership in the 18th over.

Thunder captain Blackwell made 81 supported by West Indies all-rounder Taylor who added 31, from 45 balls with three fours before she was bowled by Cleary.

Harmanpreet Kaur faced one ball and scored a single before being ran out trying for a second by Sciver to leave Stalenberg (1) unbeaten with Thunder finishing on 4/134.

Thunder started their bowling innings with confidence with Rene Farrell going for just two runs from her first over before one of the most dangerous batters in the competition Elyse Villani was ran out by Naomi Stalenberg in the third over.

Fresh from the run-out Stalenberg was brought on to bowl her first over of the competition which went for 14, including three boundaries.

The game turned the following over when Niola Carey, last season’s leading wicket-taker for the Thunder went for 27-runs including three wides with two of them going wicket-keeper Rachel Priest to the boundary.

When Maisy Gibson came into the attack, Thunder started to slow the run rate, her first over going for seven before getting the big wicket of Nicole Bolton in her second. She finished her four overs 1-18.

West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor didn’t bowl until the 16th over, and went for just eight form her two overs, but the Scorchers despite slowing their run rate for the final four overs were able to win wicket 11 balls remaining.

Alex Blackwell was named Player of the Match.