A summary of the latest action from the WBBL with all the teams back in action on Sunday
Melbourne Renegades 4 for 162 (Harmanpreet 73 *) beat Adelaide Strikers 5 for 160 (van Niekerk 62, Wolvaardt 47) with six wickets
Midway through the hunt, Renegades was far behind by 2 to 55 – despite Jemimah Rodrigues’ quick innings – and needed 106 from 60 balls, but then Harmanpreet took charge after being 10 of 16 balls. Consecutive sixes against Amanda-Jade Wellington signaled the change as the required rate was kept rich. Josie Dooley played his role just like Jess Duffin, but Harmanpreet was the game changer. In the 18th over, she took advantage of a free kick from a Darcie Brown beamer to flick another six over a fine leg and then sent excellent Sarah Coyte over cover in the 19th.
Sydney Sixers 3 for 161 (Healy 94 *) strokes Perth Scorchers 9 for 117 (Bolton 3-11) with 45 runs
Healy dominated the Sixers’ innings with 58% of their total as she fell one stroke below her fifth WBBL hundred. She formed a 101-run opening tribune with Ellyse Perry, but there may still be questions about the scoring rate next to her, even if it did not make a difference on this occasion. Ash Gardner, who has had a slim tournament so far, made 8 of 16 balls at No. 3.
Melbourne stars 2 for 99 strokes Brisbane Heat 9 for 95 (Sutherland 3-21) with eight wickets
Tabletops Brisbane Heat were knocked over by the Melbourne Stars after they could only handle 95 from their 20 overs. It was a stark contrast to Saturday’s performance as opening pair Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne added 140 against the Hobart Hurricanes.
Elyse Villani was quickly out of the blocks in the chase, making 26 of the 30-run openings in position with Meg Lanning before sitting back. With no pressure on the scoring level, Lanning, who has been low on runs, was able to play on his own while Maia Bouchier ticked comfortably.
Sydney Thunder 6 for 146 (Mandhana 50) beat Hobart hurricanes 8 for 109 (du Preez 41, Deepti 3-13) with 37 runs
Defending champions Sydney Thunder ended a weekend boom to kickstart their season with another two-day victory as they dominated the Hobart Hurricanes.
Mandhana did not find the best gear and was out of the ball after reaching the fifties when Nicola Carey pulled the Thunder back, but her last over, on the 19th, cost 15 against Deepti and Johnson.
Issy Wong provided a huge breakthrough second ball as Rachel Priest ran to cover and the Hurricanes fell behind the required rate. Mignon du Preez threatened to turn things around, but became Deeptis’ second wicket, and the Hurricanes fell away from 2 to 66. Deeptis 3 for 13, after her practical innings, provided the player of the match with the award.