Sydney Thunder Women defeated Melbourne Renegades Women in the first match of Women’s Big Bash League 2017. The BBL match was played on 9th December 2017 at North Sydney Oval stadium, which is situated in Sydney. Batting first, Sydney Thunder Women scored 200 runs in 20 overs. Melbourne Renegades Women failed to to chase the target of 201 runs and ended up scoring 189 runs in 120 balls.
After winning the toss, Melbourne Renegades Women opted to bowl first. Rachael Haynes and Rachel Priest, the opener players of Sydney Thunder Women, stepped into the field to commence the first inning of the match. After scoring 5 runs in 5 balls, Priest lost her wicket in 2nd over of the match. Scoring the runs with a good run rate, Haynes was strong at the other end of strike.
Alex Blackwell replaced Priest as the player to bat next. Being captain of the team, Blackwell could not score double digit runs for the team and lost her wicket after scoring 8 runs in 6 balls. Stafanie Taylor and Harmanpreet Kaur batted next after Blackwell’s dismissal. The two women cricketers didn’t manage to score huge runs for their team and returned to pavilion after scoring mere single digit runs.
Haynes was still performing well on other end of strike. The lady cricketer scored 55 runs in 41 balls and made vital contribution in taking the score of team beyond triple digit figure. Naomi Stalenberg arrived as the next player after the fall of Harmanpreet’s wicket in 7th over. Hitting 6 fours and 1 six, Naomi scored 38 runs in 25 balls and lost her wicket in 15th over of the match.
Nicola Carey came to bat next after Naomi’s dismissal. Carey smashed 9 fours and 1 six to score 47 runs in 19 balls. The speedy approach of Carey helped her team in surpassing the triple digit score of 150 runs in quick time. Meanwhile, Haynes lost her wicket in 16th over and Rene Farrell replaced her as the next player. Hitting 4 fours, Farrell 25 runs in 13 balls. The team ended up scoring 200 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 6 wickets.
Showcasing an admirable bowling performance, Lea Tahuhu and her teammates Maitlan Brown, Chamari Athapaththu, Hayley Jensen as well as Molly Strano picked up one wicket each. Rest all spinners and pacers went wicketless in today’s match. Melbourne Renegades Women started the run-chase with a good opening partnership between opening cricketers Sophie Molineux and Chamari Athapaththu.
Hitting 4 fours and 1 six, Molineux scored 25 runs in 14 balls and lost her wicket in 3rd over. After her return to pavilion, Jessica Duffin arrived into the field as the woman cricketer to bat next. The lady cricket-player played prominent role in taking her team’s overall score beyond triple digit figure. Sri Lankan cricketer Athapaththu hit 5 fours and 1 six to score 42 runs in 30 balls. Athapaththu lost her wicket 13th over of the match.
Emma Inglis came to bat next after Athapaththu’s dismissal. At other end of strike, Duffin was scoring the runs with speedy rate. Inglis scored 20 runs in 12 balls and walked back to pavilion after loosing her wicket in 17th over. Duffin emerged as the highest scorer in today’s match. The lady cricketer scored 81 runs in 47 balls. Duffin hit 12 fours and 1 six to score those runs. She lost her wicket in 18th over of the 2nd inning of the game.
After the loss of players in top and middle order of batting lineup, the women to bat next in bottom order of batting lineup could score quick runs to win the match. Team’s skipper Amy Satterthwaite lost her wicket after scoring 5 runs in 9 balls. Claire Koski was bowled out in 19th over. Koski scored 9 runs in 5 balls. The inning ended with Melbourne Renegades Women scoring 189 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 6 wickets.