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.
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.