The Sydney Thunder continued their impressive form as the beat the Adelaide Strikers by 37 runs at the Robertson Oval. It leaves the Thunder clear at the top of the ladder with games in hand over their city rivals Sydney Sixers. It is a defeat that will leave the Strikers looking over their shoulders as the chasing pack looks to catch them.
Rachel Priest is one of the best-attacking batters in the world when she gets going, and she showed that today as she made only her second double-figure score and her first fifty of WBBL03.
It would be Rachael Haynes who would be the first wicket to fall as she mistimed Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates took the catch.
Alex Blackwell took the supporting role to Priest who raced to fifty from 26 balls which included five fours and three sixes. It was an important second wicket partnership of 53 from 37 balls.
When both batters fell in the same over to Tahlia McGrath it was the Strikers who were on top. Naomi Stalenberg and Stafanie Taylor took on the attack and put on 59 for the fourth wicket.
Stalenberg scored 41 from 30 balls which included four fours and two sixes. She was the more aggressive of the two batters as Taylor was still looking for some form with the bat. The 33 not out from Taylor was her highest score of the season may have been a surprise. It was a well-judged innings from the West Indian international.
The Thunder put on 148 for 4, which looked a good total and they didn’t need the services of their new signing Fran Wilson the England international.
The Strikers struggled from the start as they lost regular wickets that put them behind in the game. They never put a partnership together as the run-rate went up steadily.
The Strikers opened the batting with their big hitting New Zealanders and Devine was out in the second over having gone too far down the track was beaten in the flight by Samantha Bates and was stumped by Preist.
The three Thunder spinners kept things tight and the Strikers couldn’t get them away. Tammy Beaumont was the second Strikers player to be stumped as she tried to put Taylor offline and length and misjudged a full ball.
Tabatha Saville who had been vital to the Strikers batting of late could not repeat her heroics as she walked across her stumps and Belinda Vakarewa bowled her.
It left the late order too much to do and they were bowled out for 111 in the final over Tegan McPharlin was Preist’s third stumping.
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers
Sydney Thunder 148 for 4 (Priest 51, McGrath 2 for 22)
Adelaide Strikers 111 all out (Patterson 30, Bates 3 for 21)