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Thunder Complete Back To Back Victories Over Stars

16 December 2017

Rachael Haynes Brilliance See's Thunder To 9 Wicket Victory

The Thunder came up against the Melbourne Stars for the second time in five days when they met at Howell Oval in Penrith. There were two immediate similarities to the match on the Tuesday – it was a baking hot day (even hotter than Tuesday), and Alex Blackwell again won the toss and elected to bowl.

There was one change from the side that beat the Stars by 8 wickets in Albury, with Sam Bates coming in to replace Lisa Griffith for a pitch that looked as if it would suit the slower bowlers. The decision was justified as Bates was the pick of the Thunder bowlers, finishing with figures of 1-16 from her 4 overs. Rene Farrell got Thunder off to the perfect start, having the dangerous Lee caught at extra cover from the very first ball of the match. Overseas Du Preez and opener Lanning steadied the ship for the Stars with a partnership worth 86 before was dismissed for 35 off the bowling of Bates. Du Preez continued to push the score along before being well caught at deep square by Carey off the bowling of Gibson. The Stars finished on 4/132 from their 20 overs which looked a good total.

Priest & Haynes opened the batting for the Thunder as they have done all season and started in a similar fashion to earlier in the week. They were both finding the boundary with relative ease as pushing 1s and 2s really well. They put on 95 for the first wicket with Priest playing a poor shot that did not replicate what was a fine innings of 42 from 33. Haynes continued her superb early season form to guide the team home for the loss of only one wicket. She finished on a WBBL personal best of 78 not out from 51 deliveries including 4 maximums! Captain Alex Blackwell finished 6 not out.

It was another superb performance from the Thunder, particularly with the bat with the top order again looking incredibly dangerous.

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