Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - All-round Harmanpreet keeps Renegades at the top. Harmanpreet took 2 for 31 in addition to her quickfire knock of 73*
Harmanpreet took 2 for 31 in addition to her quickfire knock of 73*
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades
Harmanpreet Kaur's unbeaten 73 off 46, to add to her two wickets, overshadowed Dane van Niekerk's 62 off 47 as Melbourne Renegades chased down Adelaide Strikers' total of 160/5 in the last over. Opting to bat, the Strikers rode on a strong partnership between van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt (47 off 35) to reach 114/1 after 15 overs. Despite losing a few wickets, the Strikers finished with a strong total thanks to Wolvaardt's breezy knock in the death, with 45 coming off the last five overs.
Jemimah Rodrigues then provided the platform for the chase with a 16-ball 27 before Harmanpreet and Josephine Dooley combined for a 70-run stand for the third wicket. Harmanpreet was on 37 off 31 when Dooley was dismissed in the 15th over, and the Indian T20I skipper raced to a 36-ball fifty and continued to deal in fours and sixes. Sophie Molineux hit the winning runs in the final over to power the Renegades to the top of the table.
Brief scores: Adelaide Strikers 160/5 in 20 overs (Dane van Niekerk 62, Laura Wolvaardt 47; Harmanpreet Kaur 2-31) lost to Melbourne Renegades 162/4 in 19.4 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 73*, Josephine Dooley 29; Megan Schutt 2-18) by 6 wickets.
Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes
Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma essayed leading roles in Sydney Thunder's 37-run victory against Hobart Hurricanes. Mandhana anchored the innings for Thunder with a run-a-ball half-century, with Phoebe Litchfield (31 off 25) and Sharma (20 off 15) coming up with handy contributions to propel Thunder to 146/6 after they opted to bat. Mignon du Preez (41 off 39) and Nicola Carey (29 off 28) tried to keep Hurricanes in the hunt but Thunder's disciplined bowling meant that they ended up well short, finishing with 109/8. Sharma returned 3 for 13 from her four overs while skipper Hannah Darlington bagged a couple of wickets.
Brief scores: Sydney Thunder 146/6 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 50, Phoebe Litchfield 31; Nicola Carey 2-36) beat Hobart Hurricanes 109/8 in 20 overs (Mignon du Preez 41, Nicola Carey 29; Deepti Sharma 3-13) by 37 runs.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars
Annabel Sutherland, Tess Flintoff and Kim Garth picked up seven wickets between them to restrict Brisbane Heat to 95/9, a score Melbourne Stars took as many as 16.4 overs to chase down. Grace Harris and Mikayla Hinkley were the only batters to score 20 or more as the Stars struck at regular intervals. Sutherland finished with 3 for 21 while Garth and Flintoff bagged two wickets apiece. Elyse Villani got off to a positive start in the chase before getting out for a 20-ball 26. Sutherland fell cheaply but Meg Lanning and Maia Bouchier helped the Stars over the line despite scoring at a strike rate of under 100.
Brief scores: Brisbane Heat 95/9 in 20 overs (Grace Harris 28, Mikayla Hinkley 20; Annabel Sutherland 3-21, Kim Garth 2-19) lost to Melbourne Stars 99/2 in 16.4 overs (Maia Bouchier 32*, Meg Lanning 27*; Nicola Hancock 1-14) by 8 wickets.
Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers
Alyssa Healy's unbeaten 94 was followed by a disciplined effort with the ball as Sydney Sixers registered a facile 44-run victory against Perth Scorchers. Healy was involved in a 101-run opening stand with Ellyse Perry after the Sixers opted to bat, playing the role of an aggressor as he raced to a 31-ball fifty. Perry was dismissed for 31 off 39 but there was no stopping Healy who continued dealing in big hits even as she saw Ashleigh Gardner and Shafali Verma fall cheaply. As many as 30 came in the last three overs as Healy finished with 12 fours and two sixes in her 57-ball stay. Beth Mooney (30) and Chloe Piparo (29) tried to keep the Scorchers in the hunt during the chase but once their second wicket stand worth 48 came to an end, wickets fell regularly and they ended up well short.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 161/3 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 94*, Ellyse Perry 31; Taneale Peschel 2-34) beat Perth Scorchers 117/9 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 30, Chloe Piparo 29; Nicole Bolton 3-11) by 44 runs.