Rachel Priest in action. ©ICC

Sydney Thunder defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 6 wickets at Manuka Oval and secure the top position in the point table. Having stayed at the bottom of the table, Hobart Hurricanes played their heart out trying to secure the much-needed points; while Sydney Thunder played to continue their win streak intact.

Put into bat, Hurricanes openers Smriti Mandhana and Erin Fazackerley got their team off to a good start. The two amassed 43 runs within 5 overs. To stop the run-flow, Thunder captain Blackwell handed the ball to Stafanie Taylor. She didn’t disappoint her skipper as she picked up the dangerous Fazackerley in her second over. Fazackerley missed the delivery and got bowled after scoring 35 off 21.

Hurricanes managed to put up 56 runs in the Powerplay, with the loss of one wicket. Mandhana continued punishing the bowlers as she hit Gibson for six over long off right after the powerplay. The only six of Hurricanes innings came from her bat though. She fell for 29, by a brilliant at mid on catch by her Indian team-mate Harmanpreet Kaur. Heather Knight then added a 46 run partnership with Corinne Hall before the latter got dismissed by Samantha Bates, with Carey taking a mid-on catch.

Things only got worse for the Hurricanes from there as wickets started falling at a regular interval. Knight fell for 34 off 28. Taylor picked up 3 wickets, Farrell and Bates took 2 and Hurricanes finished their innings on 153/9; which was the highest total chased by Sydney Thunder till date.

In reply, though Thunder lost their opener Rachael Haynes in the very first over but Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg gave them a flying start. They both added 75 runs, ensured that the required run-rate never went out of control. It was Heather Knight who successfully broke the partnership, having scored 40 off 21, Priest was dismissed by giving a long on catch to Hepburn.

Harmanpreet Kaur tried to pick up from where Priest left off, as she welcomed Erin Fazackerley by a deep square leg boundary. After scoring a 10-ball 13, she got out by Knight. Soon Naomi Stalenberg joined her in the dug-out, after scoring her maiden half-century; which comprised of 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Later it was captain Alex Blackwell and Stafanie Taylor, who both scored the equal number of runs and hit the equal number of boundaries while facing the equal number of balls; which was 20 off 15 with 3 fours. Courtesy of Priest and Stalenberg’s magnificent’s knocks, Thunder finished the chase with 2.4 overs to spare.