The second round of the WBBL|08 season had impressive batting performances and record-making and breaking bowling performances.

The second round of the WBBL|08 season had impressive batting performances and record-making and breaking bowling performances.

The Inner Sanctum recaps all the results and the biggest talking points of the second round of WBBL|08.

Round 2 Results:

Perth Scorchers (8-111) defeated the Melbourne Stars (9-110)

Scorchers: Beth Mooney 35, Amy Edgar 21, Piepa Cleary 2-8, Lilly Mills 2-15

Stars: Tess Flintoff 40*, Annabel Sutherland 31, Annabel Sutherland 2-20, Kim Garth 2-23

Brisbane Heat (8-163) defeated Melbourne Renegades (137)

Heat: Georgia Voll 52, Amelia Kerr 27, Charli Knott 3-19, Amelia Kerr 3-26

Renegades: Courtney Webb 47*, Josie Dooley 40, Shabnim Ismail 1-23, Hayley Matthews 1-26

Adelaide Strikers (6-142) defeated Sydney Sixers (8-139) 

Strikers: Madeline Penna 39*, Laura Wolvaardt 23, Darcie Brown 3-17, Jemma Barsby 3-32

Sixers: Erin Burns 71, Suzie Bates 22,  Sophie Ecclestone 2-15, Ashleigh Gardner 1-20

Sydney Thunder (4-166) defeated Perth Scorchers (9-149) 

Thunder: Tammy Beaumont 77*, Rachael Haynes 28, Lauren Smith 5-17

Scorchers: Marizanne Kapp 32, Alana King 29*, Alana King 1-22, Holly Ferling 1-25

Adelaide Strikers (2-102) defeated Melbourne Renegades (101)

Strikers: Deandra Dottin 55*, Laura Wolvaardt 20, Amanda-Jade Wellington 5-8

Renegades: Carly Leeson 35, Courtney Webb 29, Sarah Coyte 2-19

Brisbane Heat (5-120) defeated Sydney Thunder (7-139) 

Heat: Georgia Redmayne 33, Amelia Kerr 22*, Jessica Jonassen 2-20, Nicola Hancock 2-25

Thunder: Phoebe Litchfield 50, Amy Jones 38, Lea Tahuhu 3-31, Lauren Smith 1-13

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars concluded with no result and the Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes match was abandoned as a result of the rain.

Five Talking Points 

  1. Big upsets

This round had big upsets that were not expected and caught everyone by surprise. 

The Sydney Thunder defeated WBBL|07 champions Perth Scorchers who were undefeated at the time of their game. 

The Thunder were on fire with their batting performance, getting 166 runs in the innings.

Lauren Smith had an incredible bowling performance, getting 5 wickets of the nine, putting pressure on the Scorchers’ batting depth.

Thunder’s fielding rotations were crucial in slowing down the Scorchers’ opening batters and maintained their strong presence as the game progressed.

This strong performance would also be the Thunder’s first win of the season.

  1. Strong batting performances  

This round also had strong batting performances from multiple players that played a huge role in their teams’ success.

Tammy Beaumont had 77 runs off 59 balls and the combination of Beaumont and captain Rachael Haynes had the Scorchers bowling and fielding poorly, being 2/94 13 overs in.

Erin Burns for the Sixers had 71 off 38 balls against the Strikers, having 7 fours and 3 sixes.

Adelaide Strikers’ Deandra Dottin crossed half-century with 55 runs, just being enough on the attack to topple the Renegades.

  1. The art of bowling 

Sydney Thunder’s Lauren Smith had 5-17 and is tied for 4th all-time in WBBL history for best bowling performances, meanwhile, Amanda-Jade Wellington broke her record 11 months ago, achieving the same figures as she did against the Heat in WBBL|07.

Amanda-Jade Wellington’s spin bowling put the Renegades’ batters in an aggressive stance, catching them on multiple attempts to smash the ball for boundaries, and getting wickets as a result of being caught out by the wicketkeeper or the fielders catching the ball high up.

  1. The DLS method

For the first time this season, the DLS method has been brought into a match between the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat. 

At 17.2 overs of the Heat’s innings, the Heat were 5-120 and needed 20 runs from 16 balls.

However, with the DLS method, it gave the Heat a needed win to be on top of the standings heading into round 3.

  1. Competitive league 

The first two weeks have been competitive, with a lot of the games being decided by the very end.

The Scorchers to start round 2 defeated the Stars by one run, with Beth Mooney starring with her needed batting performance after they started poorly in their chase of the Stars’ 110 runs.

The Sixers against the Strikers needed 4 runs from 2 balls of their innings and couldn’t convert for the win in a thriller ending.

The league is full of talent and the games are competitive, being decided at the end of games, testing both teams in all aspects of the game.

The gap between the top 3 teams the Heat, Scorchers, and Sixers is by a game and the battle for the 4th spot is between three teams, the Hurricanes, Strikers, and Thunder.

The next round of WBBL|08 matches is set to commence on Thursday night, with the Brisbane Heat hosting the Adelaide Strikers at the Allan Border Field.

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