At the end of another busy weekend in the WBBL, Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt made the headlines, as the Renegades and the Strikers recorded their first wins… but it’s Heather Knight’s Hobart Hurricanes who still head things up at the half-way stage.
Danni Wyatt put in a true all-rounder’s performance – taking 4-13 as the Renegades bowled-out the Heat for just 110; and then following up with 28* off 21 balls as her Melbourne side crossed the line in the 17th over.
Meanwhile, Sarah Taylor’s Adelaide Strikers found themselves staring down the barrel of a 5th straight defeat, after a Sydney Thunder team effort saw them post 148-6 – Nicola Stalenberg top-scoring with 39. But coming in at the top of the order, Taylor smashed 71* off 47 balls to lead the Strikers home with 6 balls to spare.
Hitting the road to Sydney, after 4 home matches last weekend, the Hurricanes “Cane Train” shared the spoils in their home-and-away double-header with the Perth Scorchers. (Yes… the concept of Home and Away is a bit all-over-the-place in WBBL!)
In the first game, Heather Knight hit 74 off 59 balls, as the Hurricanes sneaked yet another close victory by just 1 run. But the Scorchers got their revenge in the afternoon, as Crinny Hall’s 53 wasn’t quite enough to rescue the Hurricanes after an early collapse, and they went down by 4 wickets.
But then the Hurricanes showed the world how to beat the Melbourne Stars – put runs (144 of them) on the board… and then get Meg Lanning out early – The Megastar “failed” for once, scoring just 20, and the Stars subsequently collapsed to 114 all out; meaning the Hurricanes once again finish the weekend at Number 1!
So, here’s where we stand at the half way point in the league. Bearing in mind that the top 4 qualify for the semi-finals, it could still be anyone’s championship; but the Hurricanes look pretty well-placed as do the Heat; while the Sixers in particular have a big ask to turn things around after Christmas.
|1. Hobart Hurricanes||7||12|
|2. Brisbane Heat||10||12|
|3. Melbourne Stars||5||8|
|4. Sydney Thunder||5||6|
|5. Perth Scorchers||6||6|
|6. Adelaide Strikers||5||2|
|7. Melbourne Renegades||5||2|
|8. Sydney Sixers||7||2|