Sydney Thunder has secured a six wicket victory over the Melbourne Renegades in a thriller at Spotless Stadium.
Alex Blackwell won the toss for the tenth time this season and elected to bowl first. With Sophie Molineux and Danielle Wyatt in the middle, the Renegades made a fast start before Stafanie Taylor (1-22) got the breakthrough in the last over of the power play to dismiss Molineux for 27 (19). Third-gamer Rachel Trenaman struck next, bowling Renegades skipper Amy Satterthwaite for 18. Tight fielding and a couple of late wickets from Nicola Carey (2-25) helped Thunder restrict the Renegades to 4-139.
Thunder got off to a shaky start with the bat, losing openers Rachael Haynes (5) and Rachel Priest (22) in quick succession to finish the power play below par on 2-35. No other batters appeared to be able to get on a roll either however Blackwell put together an incredible unbeaten 66 from 48 deliveries to see us home with five balls remaining.
Thunder made one change, with Belinda Vakarewa coming back into the XI for Maisy Gibson. The Renegades named an unchanged XI after four consecutive wins.
Sydney Thunder: Alex Blackwell (c), Sam Bates, Nicola Carey, Lisa Griffith, Rachael Haynes, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Stafanie Taylor, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa
Melbourne Renegades: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Maitlan Brown, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis, Claire Koski, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Danielle Wyatt
THE TURNING POINT
Renegades' opening duo made a fast start, racing to 41 after five overs before the dangerous Sophie Molineux (27 runs from 19 deliveries) was caught by Nicola Carey off the bowling of Stafanie Taylor. Molineux has been one of the best performers for the Renegades this season and her wicket in the the final over of the power play slowed the Renegades' momentum.
THE FINAL OVER
Molineux had the ball for the Renegades with Blackwell on strike and Thunder requiring five runs to win. Cool, calm and collected as ever, Blackwell blasted a six from the first delivery to secure victory for her side.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Alex Blackwell put together a season-best performance when her team needed it most. Her unbeaten 66 from 48 deliveries included seven fours and two huge sixes.
Thunder take on the Brisbane Heat at Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns next Saturday 12 January. The 7:15pm AEDT fixture will be streamed live and free at cricket.com.au and via the CA Live app.