Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars register impressive wins. Annabel Sutherland scored a solid half century for Melbourne Stars.
Annabel Sutherland scored a solid half century for Melbourne Stars.
Melbourne Renegades Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women
Harmanpreet Kaur's fighting 41 went in vain as Melbourne Renegades were brushed aside by Adelaide Strikers at the Bellerive Oval on Wednesday (October 20). The Indian T20I skipper came in at a difficult time as Strikers struck twice in the PowerPlay. With Jemimah Rodrigues also failing to get going, the onus was on Harmanpreet and Evelyn Jones to resurrect the innings. Unfortunately for Renegades, Harmanpreet departed just when the batting side was seeking momentum. Jones remained unbeaten on 36 but failed to find support at the other end as the Renegades finished with a moderate 126 on the board.
Dane van Niekerk then gave Strikers a flying start as she struck seven boundaries in the PowerPlay to race to a 14-ball 29. Even though the Renegades brought her cameo to an end and appeared to fight back, with Harmanpreet getting rid of Katie Mack, the Strikers did not lose their composure and cruised home. Tahlia McGrath kept the scorecard ticking and Laura Wolvaardt played the ideal foil at the other end to get the job done with 15 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Melbourne Renegades Women 126/6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 41, Evelyn Jones 36*; Sarah Coyte 3-20) lost to Adelaide Strikers Women 129/2 in 17.3 overs (Tahlia McGrath 50*, Laura Wolvaardt 36*) by 8 wickets
Melbourne Stars Women vs Sydney Sixers Women
After being hammered by Hobart Hurricanes just 24 hours earlier, Melbourne Stars bounced back in style by putting up a complete performance against Sydney Sixers. Even though Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning failed to make an impact with the bat, Annabel Sutherland starred with the bat for the Stars with a well-compiled half-century to lay the platform. Once she departed, Maia Bouchier and Kim Garth took control of the innings and provided the ideal finish to the Stars innings. They managed to add 51 runs in the final six overs to help Stars put up 139 on the board and the target proved to be too much for the Sixers.
Overseas recruit Shafali Verma departed for a three-ball duck much to the delight of Stars and Alyssa Healy managed to score only 14. The two wickets called for Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry to consolidate the innings but with the required run rate mounting, Stars took advantage. Gardner was sent back to the pavilion for a 33-ball 31 and Nicole Bolton's dismissal triggered a collapse as the chase fizzled out. Perry found the boundaries hard to come by and was eventually dismissed for a 43-ball 40 in the final over as Stars picked up a comprehensive 30-run win.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars Women 139/3 in 20 overs (Annabel Sutherland 57, Maia Bouchier 32*; Ashleigh Gardner 2-16) beat Sydney Sixers Women 109/8 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 40, Ashleigh Gardner 31; Kim Garth 3-17, Tess Flintoff 2-33) by 30 runs