Sydney Thunder fell just short of victory in its Rebel Women’s Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers at Karen Rolton Oval with the Perth side claiming a narrow seven run victory.
Winning the bat flip with stand in Thunder captain Alex Blackwell electing to bowl first, the Thunder restricted the Scorchers to 5-151 from its 20 overs.
Hannah Darlington was the pick of the bowlers for the Thunder taking 2-24 from her four overs.
Shabnim Ismail bowled with real pace claiming 1-29 from four overs, as well as taking a spectacular catch on the boundary to remove Georgie Redmayne.
Natalie Sciver was the top scorer for the Scorchers with 37 from 22 balls.
Tahllia Wilson was impressive on debut with an unbeaten 47 from 39 balls in the chase, however the required run rate proved too steep for Thunder which was resigned to just its second loss of the season.
It was a Thunder debut for Tahlia Wilson as Rachel Trenaman returned to the team following the completion of her HSC exams.
Alex Blackwell captained the side following Rachel Haynes’ absence due to a foot infection, while Phoebe Litchfield also missed due to year ten exams.
Thunder: Alex Blackwell (c), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Nida Dar, Rene Farrell, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson.
Scorchers: Meg Lanning (c), Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts, Nicole Bolton, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Amy Jones (wk), Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Tahlia Wilson repaid the faith of coach Trevor Griffin with an almost match winning knock on debut.
Her 47 not out off just 39 balls featured 6 fours.
Wilson will be no doubt looking to continue her form when Sydney Thunder face the Scorchers again at the WACA on Tuesday.
THE TURNING POINT
Tahlia Wilson and Alex Blackwell combined for an important partnership.
Blackwell (29) showing all her experience, and Wilson showing composure well beyond her years, were at the heart of the chase.
However wickets fell at regular intervals following Blackwell’s dismissal with the resulting required run rate proving too steep in the final over.
THE BIG MOMENT
Shabnim Ismail backed up a quality bowling display with a spectacular catch to remove the dangerous Georgia Redmayne.
Running back towards the rope, Ismail flicked the ball back up to herself, ensuring she didn’t cross the rope with ball in hand, to complete an incredibly skillful catch and help put the brakes on the Scorchers late in its innings.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder head to Perth for take two against the Scorchers on Tuesday 12 November (WACA Ground, 8:30pm AEDT).
Fans across the Thunder Nation can stream the game live on cricket.com.au and Kayo, with radio coverage from ABC Grandstand.