Sydney Thunder fell to crosstown rivals the Sydney Sixers by 40 runs at Drummoyne Oval after struggling to score against a strong Sixers attack in the second innings.
After winning the bat flip and electing to bowl first, Thunder were unable to break the formidable partnership between Australian internationals Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy.
Sam Bates finally got the breakthrough in the thirteenth over, combining with Rachel Priest to stump Healy.
Bates was the most effective of all Thunder bowlers, finishing with figures of 1/20 from her four overs.
Chasing 153 to win, Thunder lost key wickets early which interrupted momentum. Rene Farrell (23) and Hannah Darlington (23) fought until the very end however ultimately Thunder fell 40 runs short.
Thunder made one change to its side, with talented 16-year-old Phoebe Litchfield coming into the side for Naomi Stalenberg.
The Sixers named an unchanged line-up to the side that beat the Hobart Hurricanes by 39-runs on Thursday.
Thunder: Rachael Haynes (C), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Shabnim Ismail, Phoebe Litchfield, Rachel Priest, Tahlia Wilson
Sixers: Ellyse Perry (C), Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Marizanne Kapp, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Smith, Dane van Neikerk
THE TURNING POINT
Chasing 153 to win, Thunder lost key wickets early and weren’t able to gain momentum. Openers Rachael Haynes (4) and Rachel Priest (16) were both dismissed in the power play, followed by Tahlia Wilson (2) and Alex Blackwell (7) before the halfway mark of the innings.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder return to Drummoyne Oval to take on the Brisbane Heat on Saturday night (16 November, 7:10pm).
Tickets are on sale now at sydneythunder.com.au/tickets, with free entry for kids.
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