WBBL: Sydney v Sydney Final As Hurricanes Mugged By Duckworth-Lewis

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?

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2 thoughts on “WBBL: Sydney v Sydney Final As Hurricanes Mugged By Duckworth-Lewis

  1. Somewhere in their lair deep beneath an extinct volcano, Messrs Duckworth and Lewis are rubbing their hands together in glee at ruining another T20 contest!

    More seriously, I think Duckworth-Lewis has worked as well as any system could for ODIs. But it does seem to produce both unexpectedly hard and (as in this case) unexpectedly easy T20 rain-affected run chases. Time for a tweak?

    That said, Sydney Sixers have been the form team of the latter half of the competition, and I think they would have chased down the “full” 14-over target with little difficulty. It’s just a pity that a final featuring two Sydney teams won’t be played in Sydney.

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