The Thunder WBBL squad arrived in Perth for the first of two fixtures against the Scorchers over the weekend.
The Thunder sat in pole position in the ladder before the match at Lilac Hill in Perth, with 5 wins from 6. Blackwell won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening pair of Haynes and Priest was back together after a break against the Hurricanes. The in-form Haynes was dismissed for just 1 from 6 deliveries, a huge early blow for the Thunder. However, her opening partner priest was looking in fine touch finding the boundary regularly. Herself and captain Blackwell put on 53 for the second wicket until Priest was caught off the bowling of Bolton.
Blackwell looked in good touch as she so often does, she reached 26 before being well caught off the bowling of Peschel. Overseas Kaur & Taylor struggled to get going, however cameos from Stalenberg (24) & Carey (15) saw the Thunder total finish on 6/144. Cleary was the pick of the Scorchers bowlers finishing with figures of 3-19.
In reply the key wickets for the Thunder to get were always going to be Villani & Bolton. The Scorchers total had reached 40 before Thunder got their first breakthrough, with Farrell having Villani caught by Griffith for 22. Bolton however continued to be dominant. She had 4 partners come and go in her innings of 71 from 57. It appeared she would see her team home however Farrell had her caught superbly on the boundary by Griffith in the 18th over. No other Scorcher batters were really able to get going.
It came down to the Scorchers needing 8 from the final over with Nicola Carey to bowl. She kept her nerve and bowled a superb over, going for 6 runs as well as taking a wicket! Credit also due to Lisa Griffith who kept her nerve on the final ball in the deep with a superb throw to run out Carmichael and prevent the match going to a super over!
Another excellent win for the Thunder, meaning they now have 6 wins from 7 matches and remain top of the ladder at the halfway stage in the WBBL|03.