Sydney Thunder were unable to pick up the win in the first Sydney Smash of the season as they fell by 36-runs to their cross town rivals the Sydney Sixers in the Rebel Women's Big Bash League at North Sydney Oval. A fantastic crowd of 3,743 turned out to support the sides which saw Sixers captain Ellyse Perry and Thunder's Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur show the talent that the WBBL has to offer.
The Sixers made 5-168 with Thunder restricting them throughout the power play, but wickets were hard to come by. Stafanie Taylor took two in two balls and then used her skill to run out Erin Burns at the non-strikers end. Burns had put Thunder under pressure with 44 from 22 balls but it was Perry who went unbeaten through the innings for the second game running this time making 77 from 66.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur replaced Lisa Griffith in the Thunder side, with Rachael Haynes passing a late fitness test to be included. The Sixers named the same side that beat the Perth Scorchers on Friday night.
Sydney Thunder: Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest (WK), Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Stafanie Taylor, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Maisy Gibson, Samantha Bates, Belinda Vakarewa.
Sydney Sixers: Alyssa Healy (WK), Ellyse Perry (C), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Sara McGlashan, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Lauren Cheatle, Hayley Silver-Holmes.
THE TURNING POINT
Thunder were on the back foot early in their innings when Ash Gardner had Haynes trapped LBW who was trying to sweep. Only three balls later Rachel Priest was on the wrong end of a great throw from van Nierkerk who ran Priest out with a direct hit.
THE FINAL OVER
Farrell hit two boundaries from the first two balls despite the total being out of reach. Former Thunder Academy bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes was the unlucky bowler, but the Sixers were still able to pick the winning points.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Despite only arriving at 7:00am the day before, Harmanpreet Kaur showed all her class with the bat as she made 45 from 28 balls including some spectacular sixes. Her partnership with Stafanie Taylor pulled Thunder right back into the match.
PHOTO OF THE GAME
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) December 8, 2018
Sydney Thunder return to North Sydney Oval Sydney tomorrow afternoon to take on the Brisbane Heat who bounced back to beat the Scorchers today after losing their opening game of the competition against the Adelaide Strikers.
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