WBBL CATCH-UP – Stars Hit Sixers For Six & Super-Over Hurricanes Go Super-Second

All 8 WBBL teams went into this weekend’s round of games level on 2 points, with only Net Run Rate separating them; but things are starting to open up a bit now, with the Stars and the Hurricanes leading the way.

Team Played Won Lost Tie/ N/R Points
Melbourne Stars 4 3 1 0 6
Hobart Hurricanes 4 3 1 0 6
Adelaide Strikers 4 2 1 1 5
Brisbane Heat 4 2 2 0 4
Perth Scorchers 4 2 2 0 4
Sydney Thunder 4 1 2 1 3
Melbourne Renegades 4 1 3 0 2
Sydney Sixers 4 1 3 0 2

In Melbourne, the Stars took on the Sixers, with the Sixers big names failing to fire – Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Dane van Niekerk made less than 20 runs between them over the two matches, with van Niekerk recording two ducks, as the Stars won both games with plenty to spare – Meg Lanning making runs in the first, whilst Jess Cameron and Katie Mack got the job done chasing in the second.

On the other side of Melbourne, things were somewhat closer as the Renegades took on the Hurricanes, but it was the Hurricanes who took the points on both occasions. In the first match, Amy Satterthwaite made 45 off 43 balls as the Hurricanes posted 133 – the Renegades falling just 4 short in their chase; whilst in the second, Satterthwaite was again in the runs, with 52 off 41 balls, and this time the Renegades took it to the first ever WBBL Super Over. For the Renegades, Rachel Priest and Grace Harris hit 12 off their Super Over, bowled by Satterthwaite, and the New Zealander… ever in on the action… was then out first ball of the Hurricanes reply, leaving it to Hayley Matthews and Erin Burns to carry it home, with Burns hitting a match-winning 4 off the final ball.

In Sydney, the Thunder hosted the Strikers, with the weather taking the points in the first match. In the second, a sub-par total of 102 from the Thunder was easily chased-down by the Strikers. The Strikers were without Charlotte Edwards, who pulled out after the warm-up with back spasms, but Sophie Devine’s 43 off 33 balls created a match-winning position from which Tahlia McGrath and Shelley Nitschke were able to get over the line with cool heads and no real alarms.

Finally, over at the WACA in Perth, honours were shared between the Scorchers and the Heat. The Scorchers cruised to an easy victory in the first game, Nicole Bolton leading the way with 46* off 43; but the tables were turned the following day as the Scorchers were held to just 94, keeper-opener Beth Mooney then chasing them down almost single-handedly with 67* to win the game for the Heat inside 13 overs.

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11 thoughts on “WBBL CATCH-UP – Stars Hit Sixers For Six & Super-Over Hurricanes Go Super-Second

  1. Shame not to see this round on BT Sport.

    But look forward to the England team documentary on Sky at Christmas then on the free to air Sky Mix on Monday 26th @ 4pm

    A Christmas present…

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  2. Having watched all the highlights, I’m not sure the standard of cricket is matching all the hype. Lots of dropped catches and miss fields. There also dosnt seem to be many people watching which is a shame. The scores are still on the low side especially this week. They have to get the quality of the wickets right if they are going to get big scoring entertaining games.

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    • There are quite a few big players missing from the WBBL this year, especially batsmen. They are suffering from a few of the stars having off days (England players in particular look out of season, as they are) and bowlers generally being on top. CA seem to be using the WBBL more for development of young Australian players than for a showcase of the best talent. On the plus side, the teams do look to be more equally matched this time around, more capable of beating each other on any given day.

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  3. I’ve watched as much as possible live (brain now frazzled). I agree catching has been poor but ground fielding has mostly been decent enough IMO. Highlights are more likely to show shots that beat the field. There’ve also been some sharp run outs and stumpings.

    Average 1st innings total in WBBL02 has been 118.2 vs 125.03 during WBBL01 (the average in KSL was 133.76).

    Teams batting first have only won five times so far in WBBL02.
    Their two wins over the Renegades this weekend made the Hurricanes the only side to have won twice when batting first this season.

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  4. It was worth staying up for…a few of my points of note:

    * This weekend’s matches were dominated by strong chasing performances by the teams batting second.

    * Stars-Sixers: impressive for Stars was Hayley Jensen 31(30) and 4-20-1, the New Zealander who’s not played for the White Ferns since 2014 but at 24 years of age may deserve a recall based on this form. Dani Hazell (4-15-2))was again amongst the wickets for Stars, backing up her solid showing so far in WBBL.

    For Sixers, Ash Gardner looks great with the bat (43 off 32). Gardner, although she shows as simply “A. Gardner” on CricInfo, appears as an ominous “A.K. Gardner” on the Cricket Australia website. Although it might be a crude comparison for some, there is something fitting about the way she repeatedly blasts quick runs and sews fear in the heart of the opposition that Gardner shares some innate characteristics with her namesake notorious Cold-War firearm!

    Stars are generally being very well marshalled in the field by Meg Lanning, and gave away little aside the odd fumble, taking diving catches and executing good run-outs. Sixers’ players are taking it in turns to have bad days at the office, and complete performances continue to elude them.

    * Thunder-Strikers: Following the wash-out, Thunder will be disappointed with their weekend points tally. I think they need to look at their batting order. Osborne coming in at 5 isn’t working, Stalenberg and Coski should be batting above her. Their bowlers are also under-performing as Strikers are relying heavily on Devine for runs. Overall it was a surprisingly low-key performance from Thunder.

    * Hurricanes- Renegades. Perhaps the most interesting contests of all, and I’ll provide a bit more detail for those who missed it. Although some might say you make your own luck, I think Hurricanes were fortunate to win both matches, and if Renegades had a bit more composure to finish things off they could have picked up all these points.

    Heather Knight’s form must be a concern for Canes. Her running between the wickets looks…compromised. What is it with England captains and run-outs!? In the second game she again struggled to find the gaps and holed out tamely to Natalie Plane off Molly Strano for an unconvincing 5 off 13 balls. She looks worryingly short of nick.

    Amy Satterthwaite is almost single-handedly winning these games for the Hurricanes. She was heavily involved scoring the bulk of runs, taking great catches and her death bowling is proving very effective.

    Renegades have made reasonable efforts to chase scores I thought were beyond them. If Priest and Harris could put together a longer opening partnership and looked to rotate the strike more instead of trying to just hit to the boundary, they could expand their range. In both Gades chases, the inning’s main partnership developed between Wyatt and Kris Britt.

    In the first game, Wyatt took a risk too many after a brisk start, and Britt’s strong 50 wasn’t quite enough; but in the second both played sensibly, knocking the ball round with the odd boundary, and Wyatt staying calm and composed (hello the rest of the England batters!); both only lost their cool with the final couple of overs to go. They were a bit casual towards the end. This left the ‘Gades “Molls” (MOLLy Strano and Sophie MOLineux) to get 12 from 12 balls. Knight was slow to bring the field in and allowed too many singles, which were all that was needed. ‘Gades should have won from this point. But a brilliant final over from Satterthwaite was bizarrely played by Strano (just 3 off 6), who fluffed her lines, shuffled across to off and left a ball outside off stump which was not called wide, meaning they needed 1 off the final ball which they fell short scrambling for: the super over ensued. Why would you leave a ball needing 2 off 3 deliveries!?

    The Super-Over: Harris and Priest managed to cobble together 12 including a four; Canes replied with Satterthwaite and Matthews. The former hit Tahuhu’s 1st ball skyward and it was well caught by Wyatt running in from deep mid-wicket. Tahuhu then strayed down leg, and 2 fours followed, Canes then needed 4 off 2 balls. A 2 then came and the hero Erin Burns (10* off 3) hit the final ball through square leg for four! It was a wayward over from Tahuhu, who sadly lost her nerve, and Canes had won – just about! Although Renegades were left wondering how they’d lost, having been at “match-point” on a couple of occasions and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. A truly remarkable game. Renegades will probably not qualify for the finals but they have at least, been much more competitive so far this year.

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  5. I binged on the first WBBL weekend – wasn’t able to watch as many games second time around, but I did manage to catch the Renegades-Hurricanes games: very surprised that the Renegades chose to go with pace in the Super Over, though I agree it wasn’t Lea Tahuhu’s finest over.

    The catching was very poor in the first round – from what I saw, it was better overall in the second round. By contrast, the ground fielding, and in particular the throwing, has impressed me a lot.

    I think the lower crowd numbers on the second weekend might be down to a lot of this round being played at outgrounds.

    I agree the Thunder have their batting order wrong, and I think they have their selection wrong too: I’m not sure whom I’d drop, but I would definitely get Maisy Gibson in the playing XI asap. Though Belinda Vakarewa struggles with her line at times, she looks pretty sharp – I’d love to know what pace she’s bowling.

    Finally, it’s great to see so many of the Kiwis doing well – Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite in particular.

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  6. Which of the worlds top players are missing James P? I can’t think of many myself.
    The fact there are 8 teams in the WBB while we have only 6 in our competition, will mean there is more opportunity for their non international players. Do we think this is a good thing? Watered down standard against more room to grow for the Australian younger players, which is the better model?

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    • By “big” players, I meant current internationals. So, for example:

      Eng -(many!) Winfield, Elwiss, A. Jones, Marsh, Wilson, Hartley etc.

      NZ – Curtis, Martin, Perkins, Perry etc.

      SA – Luus, Du Preez, Chetty, Lee, Tryon etc.

      We’ve not seen any Sri Lanka / Pakistan players in these comps yet but I’m sure their best eg. Jayangani, Maroof etc. would be an asset as well.

      I know we wouldn’t expect to see all of them but I would have thought some would offer an improvement. That’s all I was saying.

      Australia have been ahead in the development curve for a while now, but it looks like CA want to put more future international dominance in the women’s game front and centre. Can’t blame them – It’s their call.

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  7. Re my comments on the catching above in WBBL02, the catching has been just as poor in the first match of BBL06 tonight – so maybe it’s first-round-itis? And the ground fielding has also been poor in tonight’s match.

    Re 8 teams vs 6, I think the WBBL is a bit like the IPL in that there’s quite a sharp drop off in quality in most teams once you get past the internationals – but in a 6-team comp, players like Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux and Katie Mack might not have got the chance to show they are not far off international quality.

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