WBBL: A professional bowling performance by the Hurricanes as they win by 4 runs against Thunders

At the ongoing 2021 WBBL, after posting 147 runs on the board, Hobart Hurricanes defended the total as they won by 4 runs against Sydney Thunder due to Belinda Vakarewa’s 3/8 & Sasha Moloney’s 2/17.

The 53rd Match of the Weber 2021 WBBL was a Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder encounter played on Saturday, 20th November 2021 at the Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay in Australia.

The 2021–22 Women’s Big Bash League or WBBL|07 is in its seventh season. It is being played from 14th October to 27th November 2021, with eight teams and a total of 59 matches.

Line-Up for Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder – 2021 WBBL

Hobart Hurricanes Women won the toss and elected to bat.

Hobart Hurricanes Innings

The Hobart Hurricanes lost 2 wickets early on of Rachel Priest – bowled out by Issy Wong and Ruth Johnston. After that, Hobart Hurricanes was 35/2 in 5.3 overs.

However, then two wickets fall in quick succession, as Nicola Carey departs due to an LBW decision with Deepti Sharma picking the wicket. The next dismissal was of Richa Ghosh, due to stumping by wicketkeeper Tahlia Wilson. Hobart Hurricanes were at 61/4 (9.6 overs).

Meanwhile, another wicket falls in the form of Naomi Stalenberg and they were 99/5 in 15.5 overs.

But a 48 run partnership between Mignon du Preez and Molly Strano steadied the innings for Hobart Hurricanes. In the end, du Preez’s 87* (off 61 balls) & Strano’s 23* (off 14 balls) put 147/5 (20 overs) on the board for Hobart Hurricanes.

Sydney Thunder’s Target is 148 Runs

Two quick wickets fall for the Sydney Thunder, as Smriti Mandhana and Tahlia Wilson depart with Belinda Vakarewa picking both wickets. They were 10/2 in 2.6 overs.

However, after playing a quick knock of 39 (off 21 balls), Sammy-Jo Johnson was dismissed by Nicola Carey. At that stage, Sydney Thunder were 48/3 (6.6 overs).

Meanwhile, a 59 run partnership was formed between Deepti Sharma & Anika Learoyd. But just after that, 3 wickets fall in quick succession of Learoyd on 34 (off 27 balls), Issy Wong and Sharma on 31 (off 36 balls). With that, Thunder’s were at 116/6 in 16.5 overs.

In the end, Sydney Thunder’s skipper Hannah Darlington too lost her wicket. They were 137/7 (18.6 overs). For Hobart Hurricanes, Sasha Moloney bowled the last over & picked 2 consecutive wickets of Phoebe Litchfield on 18 (off 10 balls) & Kate Peterson.

Meanwhile, 6 Run was needed off the last ball for Sydney Thunder to win. But the on strike batter couldn’t hit big as Moloney defended the total. Sydney Thunder finished their innings at 143/9 (20 overs).

As a result, Hobart Hurricanes Women won the match by 4 runs. Hence, the Player of the Match was awarded to Belinda Vakarewa – 3/8.

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