14/04/2024

du Preez was superb yet again as she helped the Hurricanes to a second consecutive victory (Photo: WBBL - Twitter)

Mignon du Preez and Belinda Vakarewa did it with bat and ball to continue superb end of season form for Hobart.

Belinda Vakarewa and Mignon du Preez did it with bat and ball to continue superb end of season form for Hobart.

du Preez followed up her classy knock last night with a superb innings today, this time as the aggressor. Following 50 of 46 balls against the Renegades, she topped it with 87* of 61 balls. 

Vakarewa though picked up Player of the Match with her 3-8 of four overs. However, both were enough to give Hobart a second consecutive victory in Mackay after a tight finish.

du Preez was forced to come in early following a second consecutive duck for captain Rachel Priest. However she took it in her stride yet again, starting her innings off with intent.

She anchored most of the innings, but had no support. Both Nicola Carey and Richa Ghosh failed to make any real impact. Whilst Ruth Johnston started well, she couldn’t follow up her terrific knock last night with a big knock here.

Nicola Stalenberg helped stabilise the innings with her. But after her dismissal du Preez took off in the last four overs along with Molly Strano.

The Hurricanes went 0/47 in the final four overs. du Preez got 25 of 11 whilst Strano got 22 of 13 as they guided them to 5/147 following a stop/start first 15 overs of their innings.

From there Belinda Vakarewa took over. After a not so good performance, she followed it up with an even better performance this game.

She got off to the perfect start, picking up Smriti Mandhana for a duck with her third ball. That was Mandhana’s only duck in her first season with the Thunder.

She again bowled a very consistent line and length again the next over, conceding only two runs. At the end of the over, she picked up Tahlia Wilson, leaving the Thunder reeling at 2-10 after three overs.

After one more over in the powerplay, Vakarewa came back when the Thunder were in control. Conceding three runs of her final over, she picked up the wicket of in form Anika Learoyd to give Hobart a glimmer of hope heading into the final five overs.

The Hurricanes finished off the innings well yet again. They picked up 5-36 off the last five overs, being led by spin trio Sasha Moloney, Molly Strano and Ruth Johnston.

Moloney put in another terrific shift of spin for Hobart. Bowling the full four overs, she picked up 2-17, with her two wickets coming in the final over and conceding only six runs off it too. This is following her 3-17 in the win over the Renegades.

It was enough to guide them to a victory in their final game of WBBL07 and their second consecutive win at Great Barrier Reef Arena.

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