Sydney Thunder moved two points clear at the top of the Women’s Big Bash ladder as they enacted revenge with a four-wicket victory over the Sydney Sixers.
When play eventually got underway at 3:30pm, after an hour delay due to a loose roof panel at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Thunder enjoyed the perfect start when Alyssa Healy fell with just seven on the board.
The Sixers consolidated through Ashleigh Gardner (11) and Ellyse Perry (25) but three wickets in as many overs after the powerplay put the Thunder back on top.
Sara McGlashan (23) and Dane van Niekerk (17) countered, and Angela Reakes added 13, but regular wickets stifled the hosts’ momentum as they posted 113 all out, Samantha Bates the pick of the bowlers with 3-21.
The Thunder lost their top three inside the powerplay but Harmanpreet Kaur showed her explosive power with 27 off 23 balls, in her final game before joining the Indian team.
Naomi Stalenburg had provided the anchor of the middle order and made her highest WBBL score, of 48, before she was bowled for 48 Sarah Aley with ten required.
Nicola Carey fell for three but that left the platform set for birthday girl Rene Farrell to win the game with an over to spare, lifting the ball over mid on for four off her first delivery before scampering home for a single to secure victory.
Thunder now sit two points clear at the top of the pile on 14 points, ahead of the Adelaide Strikes and the Brisbane Heat who both have 12.