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Suzie Bates top-scored with an unbeaten 49 in Adelaide Strikers’ win. © Getty
Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers, Alice Springs
A clinical bowling performance, led by Tahlia McGrath’s three-wicket haul, helped Adelaide Strikers secure a six-wicket victory against Perth Scorchers in a game that was reduced to 16 overs per side due to rain. Having restricted Scorchers to a total of 87 for 9 at Traeger Park in Alice Springs on Saturday (January 13), Strikers got over the line off the penultimate delivery to clinch a thrilling win, with skipper Suzie Bates scoring an unbeaten 49 of 47. The victory lifted Strikes to the second spot on the points table, level on points with the top-placed Sydney Thunder.
Opting to bowl, Strikers struck straightaway as Elyse Villani was bowled by Megan Schutt in the opening over. Nicole Bolton, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Ebsary and Heather Graham – the other four in the top five – all reached double digits but none managed to make a substantial contribution as Strikers struck at regular intervals to deny Scorchers any tempo to their innings.
Strikers too did not have an ideal start to their chase as Tammy Beaumont was trapped in front by Katherine Brunt in the opening over. Bates and Sophie Devine then combined for a 44-run stand to keep Strikers on course. Strikers lost a few wickets as they closed in on the target and it led to a closer finish than what Bates and Co. would have expected. With six required off the final over, Bates scored a couple of twos before taking a single to level scores. Bridget Patterson was bowled by Emma King off the fourth delivery but Schutt managed to take a single off the fifth ball to help Strikers register their sixth win in nine games.
Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 87/9 in 16 overs (Heather Graham 19; Tahlia McGrath 3-17) lost to Adelaide Strikers 88/4 in 15.5 overs (Suzie Bates 49*; Katherine Brunt 2-17) by 6 wickets.
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, Sydney
Samantha Bates and Belinda Vakarewa, who picked up five wickets between them, were at the forefront of a fine bowling performance as they set up Sydney Thunder’s four-wicket victory over Sydney Sixes at the SCG. Having restricted Sixers to 113, Thunder blew hot and cold with the bat but eventually got home with an over to spare, with Naomi Stalenberg (48 off 41) and Harmanpreet Kaur (27 off 23) top-scoring for the visitors.
Having opted to bat, Sixers lost Alyssa Healy in the second over. Just when Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner were beginning to lay the platform with their partnership, it came to an abrupt end as both fell in quick succession, followed by Erin Burns, which left Sixers struggling at 44 for 4. Sara McGlashan and Dane van Niekerk did the rebuilding job but the hosts suffered a collapse as they lost their last six wickets for only 31 runs.
The chase went awry for Thunder right at the start as Rachel Priest fell in the first over, followed by the wickets of Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes. In a spot at 21 for 3, Stalenberg and Harmanpreet revived the chase with a 43-run partnership for the fourth wicket. The dismissal of India’s batting sensation didn’t affect Stalenberg’s focus as she batted well with the lower order and helped Thunder past the 100-run mark. However, she became Sarah Aley’s third scalp with her team 11 away from victory. Nicola Carey followed soon after but Stafanie Taylor and Rene Farrell ensured there were no further hiccups, helping Thunder win in the penultimate over.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 113 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 25; Samantha Bates 3-21, Belinda Vakarewa 2-10) lost to Sydney Thunder 114/6 in 19 overs (Naomi Stalenberg 48, Harmanpreet Kaur 27; Sarah Aley 3-11) by 4 wickets.