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Thunder Beat Sixers in Bizarre WBBL Finish

14 January 2017

Sydney Thunder have kept their WBBL02 tournament alive after a thrilling and unusual win over the Sydney Sixers.

Sydney Thunder has kept their WBBL02 tournament alive after a thrilling and unusual win over the Sydney Sixers.

The match was sent to a super over after the Thunder could only post 6/138 in reply to the Sixers 7/138 at the SCG on Saturday.

The resulting super over saw both sides make eight runs, the Thunder eventually winning on a count back after they had struck two more boundaries during their innings than the Sixers.

The Sixers won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket that provided little turn or bounce for bowlers. 

Despite the uninspiring SCG wicket, the Thunder’s bowlers were exemplary early in the innings as Belinda Vakarewa, Rene Farrell and Sam Bates gave away little to the Sixers in form openers Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy.

Farrell snared the wicket of Healy inside the first over as Vakarewa had the WBBL’s third highest run scorer in Perry struggling to get score a run.

At the conclusion of the power play overs the Sixers had crawled to 1/30 mainly thanks to Vakarewa who returned figures of 0/13 from her three overs. 

Perry and Ashleigh Gardner combined for a 38 run partnership before she fell to Stafanie Taylor’s off spin for 20.

Gardner and New Zealand import Sarah McGlashan then turned the game for the Sixers, slamming 65 runs for the fourth wicket.

Erin Osborne eventually had McGlashan caught and bowled for 30 from 31 balls as Gardner pushed on at a rapid rate.

The 19-year-old raced to 54 from 41 balls before she was stumped by the Thunders’ stand in wicket keeper Alex Blackwell off the bowling of Taylor. 

Wickets continued to tumble for the Sixers, including two in the final over from the bowling of Farrell who finished with figures of 3/26 from her four overs.

Set 139 to win, the Thunder were cruising throughout their innings thanks to a thrilling half century by Stafanie Taylor.

The West Indian slammed 68 off 51 balls before she was dismissed with the Thunder needing 10 runs off 10 balls to win.

Some tight bowling at the death by the Sixers sent the match into a super over. 

Blackwell and Taylor could only manage eight runs, which eventually was enough thanks to some incredible bowling by Rene Farrell and a fantastic fielding effort by Erin Osborne. 

The Thunder winning only because they had hit 16 boundaries in their 20 overs compared to the 14 hit by the Sixers during their innings.