Sophie Molineux in action. ©PCB

Thunder and Lightning put a premature end to what could have been exciting finish at Ballarat. Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers were three balls away from a result being declared.

The Strikers had won the toss, knowing that rain was not too far away they chose to bowl. It was starting to pay dividends as they had the superstar openers, Danni Wyatt and Amy Satterthwaite dismissed before either could get going.

Megan Schutt is a fierce competitor and she was the bowler with the early inroads. She got Satterthwaite to nick a wide delivery behind for a seven-ball duck.

When Wyatt went in the fourth over the Renegades were in some bother. Emma Inglis and Sophie Molineux started to get things going for the Renegades. Molineux was the pick of the batters with 44 not out from 37 balls and had the rain not come when it did she would have gone past fifty.

The Renegades innings came to an abrupt end in the fifteenth over when the rain became too hard to continue. They were 4 for 83 at the time. A DLS target would be needed to be calculated. It left the Strikers 78 runs to win from 11 overs. If Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine got going it would be an easy target.

Devine looked to be in good form as she attacked the bowlers hitting Molly Strano for six. Strano would get her revenge as she had the New Zealander caught. Tahlia McGrath was soon to follow Devine and the Strikers were 2 for 26. The Strikers would only add one more run as first thunder and lightning had the players running for cover.

The conditions and the rain meant that time was running out and unfortunately won the day.