19/04/2024

Issy Wong coming into bowl in the Thunder's loss to the Hurricanes (Photo: Sydney Thunder/Twitter)

The Thunder went down by five runs, but they will feel they let this game slip out of their fingers following a major batting collapse.

The Thunder went down by five runs, but they will feel they let this game slip out of their fingers following a major batting collapse.

They were set a gettable target following a massive final four overs by Hobart. But despite looking set to win at the 15 over mark, the Hurricanes spun their way to victory in a classic up in Mackay.

Issy Wong gave Sydney the perfect start, bowling the out-of-form Rachel Priest with the third ball of the match.

Sammy-Jo Johnson picked up the big wicket of Ruth Johnston in the final over of the powerplay, with Hobart 2-36 at the end of it.

They continued to pick up timely wickets, with the Hurricanes struggling at 4/61 halfway through the innings. Sammy-Jo Johnson was economical at the start, with figures of 1-5 after two overs.

Sam Bates managed to break through in her final over and the 16th over of the innings. She picked up the wicket of Naomi Stalenberg and figures of 2-22 of her four overs.

From there Molly Strano and Mignon du Preez dominated. They pushed the Hobart total to 5/147 after Sydney had them reeling at 5/100 after 16 overs.

The Thunder then got off to a poor start, losing Mandhana off the third ball to Belinda Vakarewa. They were then in major trouble at 2/10, with Vakarewa also picking up the wicket of Tahlia Wilson.

Sammy-Jo Johnson, who was promoted to opener, started swinging the blade around after that over. She hit five fours and two big sixes before being caught on the boundary by du Preez of Nicola Carey’s bowling in the seventh over.

From there, young Anika Learoyd and Deepti Sharma anchored the innings. They then  started to move the innings along in the 12th over.

Learoyd eventually lost her wicket to the superb Vakarewa following a 59-run partnership with Deepti Sharma. It was a career-high knock for Learoyd, who finished with 34 of 27 balls

The Thunder were looking comfortable 4-107 after that dismissal at the end of the 15th over. From there the late batting collapse began.

Those last five overs they went from very organised to a big massive mess. They lost 5/36, giving the game to the Hurricanes.

Issy Wong was the first to be dismissed by Molly Strano. Deepti Sharma, who was anchoring the innings well, then lost her wicket, caught by Indian team Richa Ghosh off Ruth Johnston.

Hannah Darlington was then caught superbly by Strano on the boundary. The Thunder were 7/137, needing 11 of six balls to get one final win in WBBL07.

After an impressive cameo by Phoebe Litchfield, scoring 18 of 10, she was then dismissed by Sasha Moloney. The next ball after that Kate Peterson went out for a golden duck, LBW to Moloney.

From there it was a long shot for the Thunder, losing their second game in Mackay in their final game of WBBL07.

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