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Knight stars as Thunder crush Strikers

Justin Chadwick
·2-min read

English star Heather Knight has cracked 83 off 39 balls to lead the Sydney Thunder to a thumping 58-run WBBL victory over the Adelaide Strikers.

But rain wreaked havoc on the other three matches of the day, with only the Perth Scorchers able to muster a result.

Knight slugged 11 fours and three sixes in a sparkling knock to help lift the Thunder to 6-190 at Sydney Showground.

In reply, the Strikers managed 8-132 from their allotted overs, despite the best efforts of opener Tahlia McGrath (46 off 37).

The result ended a frustrating start to the season for the Thunder, whose opening two matches were washed out by rain.

The 122-run partnership off 10.1 overs between Knight and Rachael Haynes (39 off 27) proved to be the difference, with the pair taking the Thunder's score from 3-64 in the ninth over to 186 with eight balls remaining in their innings.

"I really enjoyed it," Knight said after winning player-of-the-match honours.

"I got to that point with the batting where you're seeing the ball nicely and you're just trying to hit bombs basically, having that real freedom. I struck them alright today."

Thunder pace bowler Hannah Darlington is in doubt for Sunday's clash with the Brisbane Heat after being struck on the shin by the ball during her follow-through.

The Scorchers rose to fourth on the table after posting a rain-affected 18-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.

The Renegades were restricted to 5-105 from their 20 overs with Nicole Bolton (2-13 off four overs) starring with the ball.

Courtney Webb (33 off 44 balls) and Sophie Molineux (29 off 41) made starts but the Renegades' total always looked well short against a powerful Scorchers batting line-up.

In reply, the Scorchers reached 0-62 off 9.5 overs before rain stopped play.

With no further play possible, the Scorchers were awarded the win under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Scorchers opener Sophie Devine was named player-of-the-match for her unbeaten 31 off 28 while Beth Mooney finished unbeaten on 23.

The match between the Heat and the Hurricanes was deemed a no-result after it fell agonisingly short of completing the necessary overs.

In reply to Brisbane's 2-80 from 11 overs, Hobart were cruising at 0-43 off 4.3 overs before rain hit again to end the contest.

If three more balls had been bowled and Hobart didn't lose a wicket they would have won.

The last-placed Hurricanes have now had two of their three matches washed out, with the other a loss.

The night clash between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars was abandoned without a single ball being bowled due to the heavy rain.

It means the Stars have had all three of their matches washed out while the Sixers have had two rained out.