Rain interrupts the day's play in WBBL08

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Rain interrupts the day's play in WBBL08

Rain interrupted the day's play, but Litchfield smashed a half-century © Getty Images

Rain played the spoilsport in both matches on the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) as all four teams shared a point each on Sunday (October 23). Phoebe Litchfield smashed her maiden half-century of the WBBL season and added a strong partnership of 101 with Amy Jones to keep Thunder in the hunt for two points before rain interrupted the play. 

At the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground, Melbourne Stars’ captain Nicole Faltum won the bat flip and opted to bowl first. Stars, looking for their first victory of the season, found an immediate breakthrough. Tess Flintoff’s direct hit at the non-strikers’ end sent Tammy Beaumont back to the pavilion for zero. 

Jones joined Litchfield early in the innings as the pair started the counter-attack. Litchfield flicked the third delivery she faced to collect the first boundary of the innings. Jones added two more in the next over, bowled by Sasha Moloney. The southpaw continued attacking with the bat and smashed four boundaries in Flintoff’s first over, including a beautiful cover drive. The pair added 35 runs in the powerplay without losing a wicket. 

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Litchfield was the aggressor amongst the pair as she welcomed Alice Capsey with a massive six over deep square leg. The rain stopped the play as both batters were getting close to their half-centuries. Once the game resumed, Litchfield completed her first half-century of the eighth season of WBBL with a single. The heavy downpour forced another rain delay. The match was later abandoned with both teams sharing a point each. 

The rain continued ahead of the second match of the day between Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes, as well. Hurricanes won the toss and opted to bowl first in the 10-overs-per-side match. Continued rain first delayed the start of the match, and later the clash between the two sides was canceled without a bowl being bowled. 

Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 102 for 1 in 13.4 overs (Phoebe Litchfield 50*, Amy Jones 44*) v Melbourne Stars