Adelaide Strikers 144 for 4 (Wolverhampton 75*, Darlington 2-36) Sydney Thunder 118 (Beaumont 37, Shutt 6-19) by 26 runs
None of this would have been possible without Woolward’s one-woman show with a bat. After the Strikers were sent off for 75 not out off 56 balls, he batted in the innings as the Strikers posted 4 for 144. He hit 12 fours in an extraordinary performance. Deandra Dutton and Madeline Pena were the only other batters to reach double figures, but both struck out at unusually low strike rates.
The Strikers will now face the winner of the eliminator between Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes. The eliminator will be played at Cairn Rolton Oval in Adelaide on Wednesday night with the winner taking on the Strikers at the same venue on Thursday night. The winner of the Challenger will play the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval in Saturday’s final.
Sydney Sixers 157 for 2 (Perry 56*, Gardner 45*). Hobart Hurricane 156 (du Preez 38, Pietersen 3-31) by 8 wickets
Perry scored 56 not out off 39 balls to help guide his side in the chase as he claimed 2 for 16 with the first ball, including 12 dot balls in his four overs. I helped restrict the Hurricanes to just 156. The Sixers were already the top qualifiers to host the finals. And the Hurricanes had already confirmed their place in the finals after defeating the Perth Scorchers on Sunday. They had a chance to finish second on the table and avoid the third vs. fourth eliminator with a win.
Perry and Gardner hit 11 fours and two sixes between them as the Hurricanes struggled to contain their combination of power and finesse. They rallied after Alyssa Healy and Suzie Bates gave the Sixers a solid start but they still needed eight runs from an over in the final 10 overs of the chase.
The Hurricanes will now travel to Adelaide for a cut-throat eliminator against the Heat on Wednesday night.
Melbourne Stars 49 for 1 (Winfield-Hill 22*) against Brisbane Heat 5 for 104 (White 52, Moloney 1-12) – No result.
Stars were 49 for 1 after just 3.5 overs chasing 105 after the first 10 overs were postponed due to rain affecting Melbourne Renegades’ match against Perth Scorchers in the double-header.
Lauren Winfield-Hill and Sophie Reid got off to a flying start with four fours and a six as the run rate hovered around 13 per over in a low powerplay. But the moment the red fell on Amelia Kerr, the rain stopped and the match was over with a point apiece for both teams.
The Stars finished sixth in the WBBL table with five wins and three draws. The Heat slipped to third place and need to win three games away from home to clinch the title.
Melbourne Renegades 4 for 58 (Kershaw 34*, Mills 3-9) Perth Scorchers 46 for 2 (Dwayne 24*, Ismail 1-12) from 6 wickets (DLS Method)
Kershaw scored an unbeaten 34 off just 18 balls to help the Renegades reach Duckworth Louis Stern’s adjusted target of 57 with six wickets to spare after falling to 4 for 15 in the fourth over. . Defeat means the Scorchers will finish fifth in the table and miss out on the finals just a year after winning the title with a very similar squad.
But Kershaw played a fearless innings hitting five fours and two sixes. He relentlessly attacked the spinners at mid-wicket and clipped seamers square from the offside to reach the target. Carly Leeson provided steady support at the other end in an unbeaten 44-run stand.
Earlier, the Scorchers’ innings was curtailed by rain when the match was initially reduced to a side game of 16 overs due to a wet outfield. The Scorchers cruised to 46 for 2 with Sophie Devine and Marizan Cup just starting to roll after early losses to Beth Mooney and Maddie Green. Mooney fell for Ella Hayward’s first ball while Shabnam Ismail bowled the green in the fourth over. But rain intervened before the Scorchers had a chance to accelerate and the innings ended, leaving them to defend an adjusted target of 57.
The Renegades finished seventh with four wins in 14 games.