The WBBL title is heading to Sydney, after the Sixers beat the Hobart Hurricanes to join the Thunder in Sunday’s final.
In the first semi-final, the Thunder looked to have under-performed with the bat against the Perth Scorchers, posting just 118 with only Alex Blackwell (39 off 41) and Stafanie Taylor (24 off 25) really making much of a dent in the scorers’ inkwells.
The Thunder looked in even more trouble as Elyse Villani raced to 23 off 9 balls, but at the other end Charlotte Edwards was already getting tied-down before Villani was run out in the 5th over, and from there the Scorchers were never quite in it, the Thunder winning in the end by 8 runs.
To say the second semi-final was rain-affected is something of an understatement. With the match between the Sixers and the Hurricanes already reduced to 14 overs, the Hurricanes (possibly unwisely in retrospect) chose to bat, posting a respectable 86 – a Run Rate of 6.14.
Then the rain came down again, and despite a window of an hour-and-a-half before the men’s semi-final was due to start, the Sixers’ target was reduced to 55 off 8 – a Run Rate of 6.88, less than a run-an-over difference, with obviously all their wickets in-hand.
With no pressure whatsoever, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry made the runs without loss, with 10 balls to spare. All credit to them, but harsh on the Hurricanes, who might justly be asking if it is time to look at reducing the wickets in hand as well as adjusting the total in these kinds of situation?