Sydney Thunder fell to reigning champions the Brisbane Heat after another tough night with the bat at Drummoyne Oval after
Chasing 129 to win, Thunder struggled to score quickly enough against the strong Heat attack. This, combined with the regular loss of wickets, saw the home side fall 32-runs short of the target.
Thunder named an unchanged XI, while the Heat made one change made one change to its side, with Georgia Prestwidge coming into the side for Courtney Sippel.
Thunder: Rachael Haynes (C), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Shabnim Ismail, Phoebe Litchfield, Rachel Priest, Tahlia Wilson
Heat: Kirby Short (C), Maddy Green, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jessica Jonassen, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmence, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge
THE TURNING POINT
Chasing 129 to win, Thunder lost key wickets early and struggled to score quickly enough against a strong Heat attack in the first half of the innings. Pressure was put on the middle to late order who fought hard but just couldn't keep up with the run rate.
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar was brilliant with the ball in the first innings, finishing with best figures of 2/15 from her four overs.
The international import, who claimed the key wickets of Jess Jonassen and Laura Harris, was instrumental in restricting the big-hitting Heat to 128.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder head to Wollongong to take on the Adelaide Strikers at North Dalton Park on Wednesday 20 November (2:30pm).
Tickets are on sale now at sydneythunder.com.au/tickets, with free entry for kids.
Fans across the Thunder Nation can watch live on cricket.com.au or Kato, with radio coverage from ABC Grandstand.