Alex Blackwell. ©CA

Sydney Thunder defeated Melbourne Renegades by 6 wickets to register another win of the tournament at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney and secure the first place in the point table.

Thunder won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Melbourne Renegades Sophie Molineux and Danielle Wyatt started the innings with a great pace but Molineux went after a quickfire 27 off 19 by giving a mid-off catch to Carey. Captain Amy Satterthwaite joined Wyatt and started building a steady partnership. But before the pair became more dangerous, Rachel Trenaman picked up Satterthwaite for 18 runs.

Jessica Duffin joined Wyatt and both played patiently through a steady association of 40. Wyatt’s 53-ball 59 came to an end in the 18th over when she missed the delivery by Carey and got bowled. Later, Duffin and Claire Koski played beautifully and helped the team to score 139 after 20 overs.

Thunder’s chase started with the fine-leg boundary of Rachel Priest in the second ball of the first over. But Haynes got dismissed by giving an easy catch to the wicket-keeper. Soon Rachel Priest joined her in the dug-out. Naomi Stalenberg and captain Alex Blackwell started to steady the ship but before they could become dangerous, Stalenberg got out by Satterthwaite’s delivery. Things only got worse for the Thunder’s from there as Harmanpreet Kaur joined in the league when she got run-out in the 17th over.

Captain Blackwell, at the other end, stood strong and steadied the ship with Nicola Carey. Once they both got settled, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past their bat as they started hitting all around the ground. In the 18th over, Carey hit Satterthwaite towards long-off and deep backward point boundaries on the consecutive balls. Both added the rest of the runs. For them, the key to victory had been Blackwell’s quickfire 66* off 48 along with Carey’s smashing 13 off 6. Thunder claimed an easy win over Renegades with 5 balls to spare.