A near perfect start for Sydney Thunder as they beat the Renegades by six wickets, having bowled out the home team at Junction Oval for less than a hundred.
Farrell starred with the ball for Thunder to restrict the Renegades to less than a hundred with Rachael Haynes (27) and Naomi Stalenberg (26) scoring the bulk of the runs to get Thunder across the line in clinical fashion.
Sydney Thunder included two members of Australia’s Women’s World T20 squad in Rachael Haynes and Nicola Carey while West Indies captain Stefanie Taylor was named in the side after arriving in Australia on Saturday morning.
Tayla Vlaeminck made her debut for the Melbourne Renegades, she joined former Thunder keeper Claire Koski in their side.
Sydney Thunder: Alex Blackwell (c), Samantha Bates, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Stafanie Taylor, Belinda Vakarewa
Melbourne Renegades: Sophie Molineux, Erica Kershaw, Jess Duffin, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Claire Koski, Emma Inglis (wk), Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Lea Tahuhu, Tayla Vlaeminck
THE TURNING POINT
Rene Farrell put Thunder in a great position with the very first over of the game. Her change of pace put the Renegades' openers on the back front straight away. After two singles, Farrell produced three consecutive dot balls before Sophie Molineux was unable to get full purchase driving and was caught by Stefanie Taylor. Renegades finished the first over 1/2.
THE FINAL OVER
With Vlaeminck the bowler and having already taken three wickets, the Renegades were putting Thunder under pressure in the 17th over despite only needing six runs for the win. A single from Stalenberg was followed by a dot ball after a perfectly executed Yorker from the tall quick. Taylor was able to dig out a single and Stalenberg was on strike with four to win she tried to hit a boundary for the win but caught out by Vlaeminck. Carey came in, slashed a boundary with sher typically relaxed style and Thunder won by six wickets.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Sydney Thunder's leading WBBL wicket taker Rene Farrell was named Player of the Match, she didn't disappoint with a fantastic opening and closing over to take 3/17.
PHOTO OF THE GAME
DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN?
Sydney Thunder return to Sydney where they will play two games next weekend at North Sydney Oval. On Saturday night they take on cross city rivals the Sydney Sixers in their first ever Rebel Women’s Big Bash League game under lights (7.10pm start). On Sunday afternoon they will return to the same ground to take on the Brisbane Heat who lost their opening game of the competition to the Adelaide Strikers.
There is FREE entry for kids at North Sydney Oval with all Adult Tickets for $10. Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers members are able to gain free admission to all games at North Sydney Oval next weekend.
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