Rachael Haynes recorded another half century. Pic: AAP
Rachael Haynes recorded another half century. Pic: AAP

Thunder, Scorchers win to tie at top

AUSTRALIA captain Rachael Haynes and West Indies international Stafanie Taylor lifted Sydney Thunder to an easy WBBL victory over the struggling Hobart Hurricanes and a share of top spot on the ladder.

The Thunder cruised to the victory target with 3.4 overs to spare with their 3-116 built around a confident 64 from Haynes.

The opener carved the bowling to all parts of University of Launceston Stadium, scoring a third successive half century in a 49-ball knock.

Taylor (10 not out) had the honour of hitting the winning runs after laying the foundation for victory with her off-spin. The Jamaican claimed 4-15 from four overs as the Hurricanes limped to 8-112 from their 20 overs.


The result moves the Thunder alongside Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at the top of the standings.

Sixers had a chance to cement their outright lead at the top of the ladder but were not able to stop the Elyse Villani-led Scorchers.

Perth made it two from two against the ladder-leading Sydney Sixers with a confident six-wicket WBBL win on Saturday.

The Scorchers reached 4-139 to pass the Sixers' 138 with seven balls to spare amid a carnival atmosphere at Lilac Hill in Pereth.

The home crowd had plenty to celebrate as the Scorchers again reversed the result of last season's final, having defeated the Sixers a fortnight ago by nine wickets.

Villani made it three consecutive half centuries. Pic: Getty Images
Villani made it three consecutive half centuries. Pic: Getty Images

In-form opener Villani again starred cracking 63 from just 43 balls for a third half century in as many matches.

Along with Nicole Bolton (42) the pair virtually sealed victory with a 103-run opening stand. Bolton also took 2-15 to collect player-of-the-match honours.

It took an athletic catch from Ellyse Perry to remove Villani, although the star all-rounder had an off-day with the ball returning 0-29 from three overs. Perry was the mainstay of the Sixers' innings scoring a run-a-ball 45, after fellow opener Alyssa Healy was dismissed off the first ball of the match.

Heavy-scoring No. 3 Ash Gardner made 14 on her return following a two-week injury absence, while South African Dane van Niekerk chipped in with a quickfire 29 in the latter stages.

The win pushed the Scorchers equal top with four wins from six outings, albeit behind the Sixers on run-rate.