Alyssa Healy (left) and Suzie Bates (right) walk out to bat against the Melbourne Renegades in Ballarat. (Photo: Sixers BBL/Twitter)

Round Three of the WBBL|08 saw another record broken, as one team returned to the top of the ladder after more strong performances.

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

Round 3 Results:

Adelaide Strikers (8-140) defeated Brisbane Heat (109) by 31 runs

Strikers: Laura Wolvaardt 26, Katie Mack 35; Jessica Jonassen 3-17, Nicola Hancock 3-26

Heat: Charli Knott 29, Jessica Jonassen 23*; Megan Schutt 4-11, Darcie Brown 4-16

Adelaide Strikers (4-112) defeated Perth Scorchers (5-111) by six wickets

Strikers: Katie Mack 47*, Madeline Penna 32*; Lilly Mills 3-17, Sophie Devine 1-29

Scorchers: Beth Mooney 34, Amy Edgar 27*; Amanda-Jade Wellington 2-13, Darcie Brown 2-18

Sydney Sixers (2-96) defeated Hobart Hurricanes (8-95) by eight wickets

Sixers: Ashleigh Gardner 43, Suzie Bates 25*; Molly Strano 1-16, Maisy Gibson 1-18

Hurricanes: Mignon du Preez 26, Lizelle Lee 24; Ashleigh Gardner 4-23, Sophie Ecclestone 2-16

Melbourne Stars (4-92) defeated Melbourne Renegades (91) by six wickets

Stars: Annabel Sutherland 42*, Alice Capsey 19; Shabnin Ismail 1-15, Hayley Matthews 1-16

Renegades: Hayley Matthews 24, Chamari Athapaththu 17; Sophie Day 4-19, Annabel Sutherland 3-17

Perth Scorchers (7-140) defeated Brisbane Heat (7-137) by three runs

Scorchers: Amy Edgar 36*, Chloe Piparo 34; Jessica Jonassen 3-22, Courtney Sippel 1-18

Heat: Danielle Wyatt 34, Georgia Voll 28; Lilly Mills 2-19, Alana King 2-23

Sydney Sixers (3-188) defeated Melbourne Renegades (9-151) by 37 runs

Sixers: Alyssa Healy 78, Suzie Bates 66; Sophie Molineux 2-38, Shabnim Ismail 1-26

Renegades: Carly Leeson 52, Rhiann O’Donnell 32; Maitlan Brown 3-16, Lauren Cheatle 3-28

Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Thunder was abandoned due to rain.

Five Talking Points

1. Record-breaking Jonassen

Jessica Jonassen broke a significant record in the WBBL, as she became the all-time leading wicket-taker in the competition.

Her third wicket against the Perth Scorchers was the 126th of her WBBL career, as she overtook Molly Strano.

The delivery with which she broke the record was the last delivery of the match against the Scorchers, after she had tied the record the ball before.

That means the Heat captain is on a hat-trick come the first delivery of her spell against the Sydney Thunder on Friday, November 4. Watch this space.

2. Consistent Sixers

The Sydney Sixers continued their strong start to the season as they picked up another two wins in Round 3, which moved them to the top of the WBBL ladder.

Suzie Bates recorded her second half-century of the tournament with her 66 against the Melbourne Renegades.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy recorded the third-highest individual score of the tournament so far, with her 78 runs against the Renegades.

They have scored seven 50s as a team, three more than the next best in the Brisbane Heat. Furthermore, their 188 against the Renegades is the highest team total of WBBL|08 so far.

Maitlan Brown and Sophie Ecclestone are tied for second in the most wickets for the tournament so far, with 12 each, just behind Jessica Jonassen in first, with 13.

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Gardner picked up career-best figures of 4-23 against the Hobart Hurricanes.

They also have two of the top four highest run-makers so far; Suzie Bates with 203 in second, and Erin Burns with 182 in fourth.

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3. Rain spoils Stars vs. Thunder… Again

For the second time this season, the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder were forced to abandon their match, as rain forced their second matchup this season to end in the first innings.

The abandonment meant both teams picked up a point each for the no-result.

Both sides have gained two points total from those two matches, but with a tight competition, every win could be crucial.

They currently sit in sixth and seventh position respectively, and will be looking for a kickstart to their campaign in their next matches.

4. Grand Final revenge

The Adelaide Strikers faced the Perth Scorchers in a Grand Final rematch at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

The Scorchers won last season’s decider by 12 runs as they won their first WBBL title, while they denied the Strikers their first title.

In the rematch, the Scorchers won the toss and elected to bat.

They scored a modest total of 111 to defend, as Amanda-Jade Wellington and Darcie Brown took two wickets each, with economy rates of 3.25 and 4.5, respectively.

The Strikers managed to chase the target down with nine deliveries to spare in a five-wicket win.

The victory was the Strikers’ fourth in a row, as they moved to within a point of last season’s Champions, with a match in hand.

5. Return to Victoria

After almost three years, the WBBL returned to Victoria.

The Hobart Hurricanes played the Sydney Sixers, before the Melbourne derby kicked off straight after, where the Renegades played the Stars.

After they won the toss and bowled first in a rain-reduced match, the Hurricanes managed 8-95 off the revised 12 overs.

The Sixers chased down the target with seven deliveries to spare as they returned to the top of the table with an eight-wicket win.

Meanwhile, in the Melbourne derby, the Stars won the toss and elected to bowl first. They bowled the Renegades out for 91, as Sophie Day picked up figures of 4-19 off her four overs.

The Stars chased down the target with 15 deliveries to spare to win by six wickets.

The last match in Victoria was in December 2019, so this was a welcome return for Victorian cricket.

The next round of WBBL|08 matches is set to commence on Wednesday night, with the Adelaide Strikers playing the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval.

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