WBBL: Heather’s Hurricanes Hit Hunexpected Heights

Although we are a quarter-way through the WBBL, the lopsided nature of the schedule means it is difficult to really know where we are, with Brisbane Heat having played six matches and Sydney Thunder just one. Nevertheless, one thing is clear: the bookies who had Heather Knight’s Hobart Hurricanes at 16/1 are now starting to look rather nervously at their wallets!

The Hurricanes played four games over the weekend and came away with 4 wins – two apiece against Danni Wyatt’s Melbourne Renegades and Sarah Taylor’s Adelaide Strikers – Knight leading the way with two Man of the Match awards.

Standout performance of the weekend however … and very possibly of the entire tournament… goes to Brisbane Heat’s Grace Harris, who smashed 103 off just 55 balls, with 14 4s and 4 6s, as the Heat dumped Laura Marsh’s Sydney Sixers firmly to the bottom of the table – played four, won none.

Team Played Points
1. Hobart Hurricanes 4 8
2. Brisbane Heat 6 6
3. Melbourne Stars 2 4
4. Perth Scorchers 3 4
5. Sydney Thunder 1 2
6. Adelaide Strikers 2 0
7. Melbourne Renegades 2 0
8. Sydney Sixers 4 0
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One thought on “WBBL: Heather’s Hurricanes Hit Hunexpected Heights

  1. Well I did suggest previously over on WCB that for Hobart to do well, they would need Knight and Satterthwaite to be in top form, and they both have been. Unsurprisingly given their bitty batting line-up they can only rely on maybe one other batter each innings (e.g. Matthews) to get many runs. But what has been most impressive about Hobart so far is their bowling. This may be down to a combination of miserly line and length and poor batting from the opposition, but they have faced some serious line-ups that they have restricted to some very low totals.They deserve to be top, so far.

    I’ve been disappointed with the Sixers. With players like Kapp, Perry and McGlashan, not forgetting Marsh of course (who has actually had good bowling figures) they should not be in last place. But they will need a massive upturn in form to even challenge for the later stages from here. Strikers, Renegades and Thunder still have a chance, with those games in hand.

    It’s worth mentioning Brisbane Heat’s turnaround as well. After losing the first 3 games they could have been down there with the Sixers, but they have won the last 3, with Lauren Winfield coming to the party (finally!) in the last win over Perth Scorchers with an impressive 48*. After a poor start her figures look more respectable now, but Kate Cross still seems to be struggling a bit.

    Also a note on the weird scheduling. After playing the first 2 games of the competition, we’ve not seen hide nor hair of Melbourne Stars since. It leads to a very lop-sided table and can’t be very fair on the teams involved.

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