It was an exciting weekend for WBBL as the fight for the number 1 spot and 4 spot was on. Six matches were played on the weekend.
Match 51– Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers
Match 51st match of WBBL 07 was played between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers in Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to field first.
Batting first, Melbourne Stars managed to put up 122 for 7 in 20 overs. Opening batter Elyse Villani was their highest run-scorer while others failed. In fact, none of the Stars batters was able to reach double figures. Villani scored 84 off 66 balls which included 9 fours and 2 sixes. Heather Graham took three wickets.
While chasing, the dominant pair of WBBL 07, Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine got out cheaply in this match. However, their middle-order show up this time. By the end of 15 overs, Scorchers were at 86 for 4. A crucial knock from Matilda Carmichael and Marizanne Kapp brought the run-rate under control before Carmichael got out in 19th over at 30 off 20.
Nine runs were required in the final over.
Annabel Sutherland bowled the last over. The first three balls went for three runs. However, Alana King managed to hit a boundary but ran herself out in the very next ball.
1 was needed from 1 ball.
Taneale Peschel took a single and saved a super over. Perth Scorchers won the match by 4 wickets. Graham was named as a player of the match for her 3 wickets.
Match 52- Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers
Match 52 was played between Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval. Sydney Sixers won the toss and elected to bat first.
A beautiful bowling performance from Adelaide Strikers helped them secure the number 4 spot.
It was a disastrous start for Sydney Sixers. By the end of the powerplay, Sixers were at 28 for 5. Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, and Shafali Verma got out for ducks. Lauren Cheatle was the highest scorer was Sixers with 16 runs. Sixers only managed to score 82 for 10 in 20 overs. Sarah Coyte took 3 wickets and Darcie Brown took 2 wickets.
Dane van Niekerk and Katie Mack made 54 run-stand before getting out at 33 off 22 and 24 off 20 respectively. Laura Wolvaardt and Tahlia McGrath finished it off for Strikers. Adelaide Strikers won the match by 8 wickets with 58 balls remaining.
Match 53: Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder
Match 53 was played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder at Mackey. Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first.
Hurricanes openers, Rachel Priest and Ruth Johnston lost their wickets in the powerplay. Mignon du Preez was in good touch but at the other end, wickets kept tumbling. In the end, Molly Strano played a cameo of 23 runs off 14 balls while Mignon du Preez played a wonderful knock of 87 runs off 61 balls which included 11 fours and 1 six. Sydney Thunder restricted Hurricanes at 147 for 5 in 20 overs.
Belinda Vakarewa removed Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the very first over followed by Tahlia Wilson wicket in the 3rd over. Sammy-Jo Johnson and Anika Learoyd tried to build up a partnership but Carey took Johnson’s wicket at 39 off 21. Learoyd and Deepti Sharma scored 30 plus run each but wickets kept falling on the other end. Thunder fell just 4 runs short. Vakarewa was named as the player of the match for her three wickets.
Match 54- Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat
Match 54 was played between Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat at Mackay. Brisbane Heat won the toss elected to bat first.
Sophie Molineux took a huge wicket of dangerous Grace Harris in the third over. However, Georgia Redmayne joined Georgia Voll in the middle and put on an 82 run-stand. Rhiann O’Donnell took Voll’s wicket at 41 off 30. Redmayne scored 71 off 51 which included 8 fours and 1 six before getting out in the 17th over. Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, and Jess Jonassen got out cheaply. Brisbane Heat managed to score 156 for 5 in 20 overs.
Melbourne Renegades had a terrible chase as their batting line-up collapsed. With Harmanpreet Kaur not batting due to illness, the team looked down and out. However, She did bowl three overs earlier in the match.
Josephine Dooley was their highest scorer with 35 runs off 27 balls. Brisbane Heat restricted Melbourne Renegades at 113 and won the match by 43 runs. Jonassen took 3 wickets. Nicola Hancock and Nadine de Klerk picked two wickets each. Redmayne was named as a player of the match for her 71 runs.
Match 55: Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers
Match 55 was played between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval. Sydney Sixers won the toss and elected to bat first.
Shafali Verma and Alyssa Healy put on a 46 run-stand in the powerplay. In the 6th over, Verma smashed Piepa Clearly for two fours and a six. However, Alana King sent both the openers Healy-who was also playing her 100th WBBL game- and Verma back to the pavilion at 17 off 22 and 27 off 22 respectively.
Ellyse Perry and Nicole Bolton build up a steady partnership but King came back into the action and picked Bolton’s wicket in the 15th over at 19. Angela Reakes scored 22 off 17 before getting out in the last over. Perry scored unbeaten 39 runs off 37 balls and helped Sixers reach 128 for 4 in 20 overs. Leg-spinner Alana King finished with figures of 3-18.
In return, Perth Scorchers star openers Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine put on 34 run-stand before Lauren Cheatle took a superb catch in the 5th over. Bolton in the 8th over, took Mooney’s wicket at 26. Chloe Piparo and Heather Graham finished it off for Scorchers.
Piparo and Graham scored unbeaten 50 off 39 which included 6 fours and 34 off 24 respectively. Perth Scorchers won the match by 8 wickets with 17 balls remaining. After this loss, Sydney Sixers finished at the bottom of the points table.
Match 56- Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars
Match 56 was played between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to bat first.
Kim Garth sent back Dane van Niekerk to the pavilion for a duck in the first over. By the end of the powerplay, Strikers were at 45 for 1. Annabel Sutherland in 8th over, picked Laura Wolvaardt and Bridget Patterson at 13 and 6 respectively.
However, wonderful innings from Katie Mack and Madeline Penna helped Strikers reach 175 for 3 in 20 overs. Mack and Penna scored unbeaten 89 runs off 66 which included 13 fours and 56 off 34 which included 7 fours and 2 sixes respectively.
Melbourne Stars, who were playing their last match of the season, made 119 run-stand for the 1st wicket. Meg Lanning, who struggled to score runs this season, scored 50 off 39 which included 5 fours and 2 sixes before getting out to Megan Schutt in the 15th over. Sutherland joined Villani in the middle and scored unbeaten 23 off 13 balls.
Five runs were needed in the last over. Elyse Villani who was in her 90s hit van Niekerk for a four on the 1st ball of the over.
1 run was needed to win the match and 6 runs were needed for Villani’s century. Elyse smashed a six and won the match with 3 balls remaining and also completed her 65 ball century which included 13 fours and 2 sixes.
By the end of 56 matches,
Perth Scorchers topped the points table with 20 points.
In the eliminator, Adelaide Strikers will play Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval on November 24 (1.40 pm IST)
In the Challenger, Melbourne Renegades who ranked 2nd in the points table will play against the winner of the eliminator at Adelaide Oval on November 25 (1.40 pm IST).
Perth Scorchers who directly went to the finals will play against the winner of the challenger at Optus Stadium on November 27 (1.40 pm IST).