The Hurricanes have finished the weekend in Burnie with just one point from a possible four. Following Saturday’s washout they lost to Sydney Thunder by 6 wickets on Sunday, Thunder chased down their target of 148 with 11 balls to spare.
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The Hurricanes were sent in to bat by Thunder skipper Rachel Haynes after a night of heavy rain. The home team had to work hard for runs early in the innings. When Nicola Carey was out for 5 in the 12th over the score was 3 for 51 with the team in purple in need of a big partnership. Heather Knight again showed her class and guided the Hurricanes middle order expertly. When she was out in the 19th over the total was 5/131 and her team was on track for a competitive total. Knight made 77 off 49 balls. Chloe Tryon made a valuable 21 off 12 balls. Erin Fazackerley chipped in with 18 off 16.The final score of 149 looked a competitive total.
With the ball Nida Dar with two for 16 off four overs was the stand out for the Thunder.
Tayla Vlaeminck and Belinda Vakawera were wayward for the Hurricanes and opening batters Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg took full toll for the Thunder. The pair put on 50 in the first 26 balls of the innings of which Stalenberg made 4. Priest was in exceptional touch with her off side play a pleasure to watch. Her innings of 50 off 39 balls deservedly earned her the player of the match award.
The Thunder never let up after the flying start to their innings. The middle order partnership of 44 between Alex Blackwell 26 and Phoebe Litchfield 26 not out was high class as well. Adding to the interest was the fact that there’s a twenty year age gap between the pair. Without doubt Phoebe Litchfield is a rising star of the game and Blackwell an established legend.
If one simple fact points out the difference between these two teams today it is that the Hurricanes bowled 21 wides. There were 29 extras overall. That’s way too many against a team as strong as Sydney Thunder.
Salliann Briggs and the Hurricanes coaching staff will be getting down to work before the double header against the Renegades at St Kilda next weekend.