The Hurricanes finished their Rebel WBBL|05 campaign with a 36 run loss to the Perth Scorchers at Lilac Hill.
On a hot afternoon Corinne Hall won the bat flip and asked the Scorchers to bat.
It was hard work from then on. Despite their best efforts Belinda Vakawera and Tayla Vlaemick couldn’t make any early breakthroughs. The Scorchers opening pair of Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton were in a determined mood and their partnership prospered.
Meg Lanning put on a batting masterclass. She was eventually out off the last ball of the 18th over for 101 from 67 balls. Her opening stand with Bolton had yielded 154 runs and the Hurricanes knew that whatever happened they were in for a big run chase.
The Scorchers final total was 3 for 167 from 20 overs, Nicole Bolton finished with 44 not out from 46 balls. The Hurricanes wicket takers were Nicola Carey with 2 for 25 from four overs and Chloe Tryon with 3 for 20 from three overs. Belinda Vakawera with 0 for 30 from her four overs couldn’t add to her tally of 20 wickets for the tournament. Without doubt she’s been one of the best bowlers of WBBL|05.
The Hurricanes run chase got away to a very bad start. Before a run was on the board Saturday’s player of the match Erin Fazackerley was stumped off the second ball of the run chase attempting to force Nicole Bolton down the ground.
Nicola Carey and Heather Knight put on 65 for the 2nd wicket and at the start of the 10th over the Hurricanes had a platform to really launch at the total. Carey holed out to long on for 26 off 27 balls from the second ball of the 11th over. Four runs later Heather Knight was caught at deep mid-wicket for a run a ball 36. The run chase was in trouble.
Chloe Tryon was sent in as the pinch hitter but could only manage 5 from 9 balls. Fran Wilson and Sasha Moloney fell whilst also trying to stay with the climbing run rate.
An undefeated stand of 39 for the 7th wicket between Maisy Gibson (22 from 14) and Corinne Hall (28 from 18) helped the Hurricanes to their final total of 132. The Scorchers had posted a total that was beyond them on this occasion.
The Hurricanes made the long trip home having to settle for one win and won loss on their Western Australian road trip.
They’ll reflect on a highly competitive tournament and on many close games that didn’t quite go their way.
The platform has been built for a possible finals campaign in the Rebel WBBL|06 season!