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Match report: Hurricanes v Thunder

20 November 2021

The Hobart Hurricanes have secured back-to-back wins in Mackay, to finish their WBBL|07 season on a high.

The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat in their final fixture, and got off to the worst possible start as captain, Rachel Priest, departed for nought.

The dream team from the previous fixture, Mignon Du Preez and Ruth Johnston, picked up right where they left off, with both finding the boundary within the first three overs.

Both players were swinging freely and after five overs, the 'Canes were looking strong at 1-35, before Johnston was caught swinging for the rope on 15.

Du Preez continued to play fluidly and moved into the 30s, as the 'Canes moved to 2-53 through eight overs. Unfortunately, both Nicola Carey and Richa Ghosh fell cheaply in a short time, leaving the 'Canes 4-61 at drinks.

Du Preez and Stalenberg began to work well together post drinks, and the South African brought up her second fifty in as many days as the 'Canes moved to 4-91 through 15 overs. With wickets in hand, it was time to accelerate, and the pair looked to do just that, with Stalenberg muscling the ball to the fence. Unfortunately this was to be her final act, as she was caught on 15 to have the 'Canes 5-99.

Du Preez was joined by Strano, who as usual came out with positive intentions. The pair put on an excellent final stand, with Du Preez using her trademark power to dazzle the crowd. The duo put on 48 runs without loss until the end of the innings, with Du Preez finishing on a brilliant 87*, and Strano a very useful 23* to send the 'Canes into the break 5-147.

The 'Canes made the best possible start with the ball, removing the dangerous Smriti Mandhana for nought, with skipper Rachel Priest taking a sharp catch off the bowling of Belinda Vakarewa.

Vakarewa struck again in her next over, removing Tahlia Wilson for two, to have the Thunder in a big hole at 2-10.

An expensive Vlaeminck over gave the Thunder a slight foothold in the game, and Sammy-Jo Johnson needed no invitation, and played powerfully to push the total along to 2-41 through the powerplay.

Nic Carey made the critical breakthrough for the 'Canes removing Johnson after a very well made 39 off just 21 balls. Through 10 overs, the Thunder found their way to 3-68, in striking distance but not threatening too heavily.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, the Thunder started to pick up the pace, and moved to 3-104 through 14 overs. Priest, sensing the danger, brought Vakarewa back into the attack, who struck immediately to remove Anika Learoyd on 34. Next, Strano was able to get Issy Wong, and the Thunder were suddenly 5-114.

When Ruth Johnston removed Sharma on 31, the danger seemed to have passed for the 'Canes, and after an excellent over from Sasha Moloney, the Thunder were 6-124 and needed 24 with two overs to play.

However, Phoebe Litchfield struck back, hitting a maximum and another boundary to bring the run chase into touching distance. A brilliant catch from Molly Strano gave the 'Canes the advantage again, removing skipper Hannah Darlington, before Sasha Moloney got the dangerous Litchfield, and then Kate Peterson in consecutive balls to have the Thunder 9-140.

Moloney was denied her hat trick, but her brilliant final over ensured the 'Canes came home with a well deserved win, closing out their season in style, winning by four runs over a plucky Sydney Thunder side.


Filed Under

Hobart Hurricanes Women

Sydney Thunder Women

Weber WBBL|07