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Match report: Thunder v Hurricanes

31 October 2021

The Canes’ finished their home stand in disappointing fashion, never really getting going against a classy Sydney Thunder outfit.

In a critical game for both sides in relation to their WBBL07 hopes – the Thunder won the flip and elected to bat. Still running hot from last night’s game, Tayla Vlaeminck made the early breakthrough – clean bowling Tahlia Wilson on 3 in the second over with a 126 kph rocket.

Unfortunately, it was a case of deja vu for the Canes’ bowlers, as they struggled to make the next breakthrough and build on the momentum of a wicket. Phoebe Litchfield and Smriti Mandhana pushed the total along nicely for 10 overs, before Litchfield was caught off the bowling of Amy Smith on 31 – leaving the Thunder 2-76 a little over halfway through the innings.

Four overs passed again without loss as the pressure began to mount on the bowlers, before Belinda Vakarewa took a brilliant catch off the bowling of Carey to dismiss Corinne Hall on 12. Finally, the ‘Canes were able to remove Mandhana just after she reached her 50, with Sasha Moloney showing safe hands in the deep, again off the bowling of Carey.

With just an over to play, the Thunder had pushed to total out to 4-138, and the ‘Canes really needed a tight last over. Thankfully, Ruth Johnston came to the rescue with the ball, dismissing Sammy-Jo Johnson LBW on 13, before Vakarewa ran out Deepti Sharma on twenty 3 balls later. The Thunder went into the shed at 6-146, a total that no doubt would give the Hurricanes a lot to think about.

Needing a fast start, it was sadly the opposite for the team in purple, with Rachel Priest departing for none off the second ball of the day. A steady start between Ruth Johnston and Mignon Du Preez also faltered when Johnston was caught on 7 in the 6th over of the day.

Once again – it was the pairing of Carey and Du Preez that proved pivotal in steadying the Hurricanes – with the South African continuing her red-hot form with the bat. Carey once again assumed the supporting role while Mignon played aggressively, reaching 224 WBBL07 runs in the process to become the competition leader.

When Du Preez fell on 41, the ‘Canes were 3-66, and the responsibility fell to Carey and Richa Ghosh. Carey continued her excellent play from the previous game, playing with control and with some flair – including a spectacular reverse sweep for 6.

It wasn’t to be Richa’s day, caught and bowled off Hannah Darlington for just 3 runs – before Carey was caught a couple overs later on 29, leaving the Hurricanes in big trouble at 5-84.

Stalenberg and Moloney joined each other at the crease but were unable to really get going as the run chase quickly became too tall of an order. When all was said and done, the Canes’ finished 37 runs short on 8-109, ending their stand in Tasmania before their move to Perth for the next section of the competition.

Filed Under

Hobart Hurricanes Women

Sydney Thunder Women

Weber WBBL|07