Monday, 24 December 2018

WBBL04 - Christmas Wrap Up

Here's how the table looks as the teams head into Christmas...

In the six games played pre-Christmas weekend each one of the teams involved picked up one win, with each of the back-to-back games being shared by each team. All of Saturday's results being reversed on Sunday. Here are the scores

Strikers 144/7 lost to Stars 145/6
Sixers 166/3 beat Heat 155/7
Scorchers 122/6 lost to Renegades 123/6
Strikers 172/3 beat Stars 153/9
Heat 154/7 beat Sixers 88ao
Scorchers 172/2 beat Renegades 157/6

Highlights were :-
  • Another century for Ellyse Perry. She hit the last two balls of the Sixers' first innings against Heat for 6 and 4 to reach 103*, as Sixers took 43 runs off the last two overs to post 166/3, too many for Heat (but only just). Perry moved from 62 to 103 in those last 12 balls! Heat got their revenge the next day as they posted 154/7 and then bowled Sixers out for just 88! Sammy-Jo Johnson claiming 3/23.
  • Having lost to Stars on Saturday Strikers kept their season alive with a win against them on Sunday, thanks almost entirely to Sophie Devine. First she hit 95 off 60 balls and then she took 5/41 as Stars fell 19 runs short.
  • Renegades too picked up a vital win on Saturday as they restricted Scorchers to just 122/6 and then chased them down with plenty of balls to spare, but on Sunday Meg Lanning 75 and Elyse Villani 62 put on 143 for the first Scorchers' wicket, which left Gades with too many to chase, although they did make it to with 15. 
On Christmas Eve Hurricanes (135 all out) slipped to their seventh defeat in eight games, as Thunder strolled past them with just four wickets down, and to the top of the league, thanks to 68* from Rachel Haynes.
The girls are all back in action again this week, starting with Scorchers v Heat on Boxing Day, which is followed by another eight games before the end of 2018. More on all that anon, but for now


Martin Davies

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