WBBL Big Weekend Round Up – November 2nd – Wins for Stars, Sixers and Strikers
There were wins for the Melbourne Stars against Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers against Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers against Brisbane Heat - Hobart Hurricanes against Sydney Thunder was abandoned without a ball bowled in the WBBL Big Weekend today
Melbourne Stars beat Perth Scorchers by 20 runs
The Perth Scorchers have fallen by 20 runs to the Melbourne Stars in their second match of the WBBL Big Weekend at the WACA Ground.
Skipper Meg Lanning proved her worth yet again during the home side’s run chase, unleashing to find the rope six times in her 40-run knock.
Lanning was supported by fellow opener Amy Jones (17 runs off 13 deliveries) and English all-rounder Nat Sciver (26 off 31) but couldn’t settle in to a strong partnership.
Local all-rounder Heather Graham (22 off 19) pushed for a final fight late in the game but wasn’t able to find the boundary often enough, the Scorchers failing to reach the target of 155.
Stars’ opener Lizelle Lee (103*) scored the first century of the season, and was unstoppable in the first innings and was awarded Player of the Match honours.
Heather Graham was the pick of the bowlers for the Scorchers, finishing with figures of 2-27, including the wicket of Stars Skipper and former teammate Elyse Villani.
Nicole Bolton put on an economical display with the ball, finishing with 0-13, which featured an opening maiden over that rattled the visitors.
Lanning said it was a disappointing loss.
“It’s disappointing not to back up yesterday’s win. I thought today Lee batted extremely well and that was the difference between us and them,” she said.
“We were trying a whole of different things, but unfortunately nothing really worked, and Lee proved too good for us at the end of the day. That’s T20 cricket, sometimes someone gets going and they are hard to stop.
“I was frustrated that I got out when I did, I thought I needed to be the one to bat a bit longer and get us into a position where we could launch in the back end.”
The Scorchers will look to bounce back when they take on the Strikers in Adelaide on Saturday 9 November.
Adelaide beat Brisbane Heat by 8 wickets
The Adelaide Strikers have consolidated top spot on the rebel WBBL|05 ladder with an impressive eight-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat on Saturday night in Mackay.
Big-hitting duo Suzie Bates (55* from 52 balls) and Bridget Patterson (57* from 43) steered the Strikers to victory, blasting 13 boundaries between them in a match-winning 96-run partnership.
Adelaide chased down the target total of 140 under lights at Harrup Park with an over to spare after dismissing the Heat for 139 in 19.1 overs.
The Strikers' batting backed up a brilliant effort with the ball as five bowlers claimed two wickets apiece to end Brisbane's innings early.
Amanda-Jade Wellington (2/29), Tahlia McGrath (2/22), Sarah Coyte (2/22), Sophie Devine (2/21) and Megan Schutt (2/29) all contributed wickets in an even bowling performance across the board.
Beth Mooney (73 off 49) appeared the biggest thorn in the Strikers' side early, before Adelaide claimed 7/23 inside the final six overs to bring the Heat's innings to a grinding halt.
The Strikers remain on top of the rebel WBBL|05 table with a 4-1 record and a healthy net run rate.
The team returns to Harrup Park in Mackay on Sunday afternoon to take on the Heat again from 3pm local time. The match will be streamed live on Kayo and the Cricket A
Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Renegades by 4 wickets
Melbourne Renegades 120 - 8
Sydney Sixers 121- 6
Result - Sydney Sixers won by 4 wickets
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