Unfortunately for our Kiwi wahine in the Women's Big Bash League, the two teams with two White Ferns each are chillin' at the bottom of the WBBL ladder. Melboure Renegades with Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu have 3 wins from their 8 games and Adelaide Strikers with two of the best T20 cricketers in the world Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine somehow find themselves with just 2 wins from their 8 games.
There is hope for the kiwis as Sara McGlashan contiues to do her job in the stacked Sydney Sixers team who sit on top of the ladder, while Rachel Priest has been the low key performer of note from Aotearoa with Sydney Thunder who are 2nd. We'll start the post-Christmas funk on Boxing Day where McGlashan's Sixers strolled to victory against Satterthwaite and Tahuhu.
The Renegades were first to bat and with Satterthwaite hitting 21 off 21 balls, they wiggled their way to 110/8 from their 20 overs. Tahuhu wasn't required to bat and was unable to take a wicket in her 4 overs, conceding 7.50rpo as the Sixers reached their target in the 15th over and McGlashan was left on 2*.
Skipping forward to the Renegades other game during this period on the 29th, they did manage to grab a win over their Melbourne rivals. Melbourne Stars were first to bat and 3w @ 5.33rpo from Satterthwaite helped dismiss the Stars for 130 with a ball remaining in their innings, while Tahuhu again went wicket-less and conceded 10rpo.
This was Tahuhu's third game in a row without a wicket, however she did manage to score 2* off 2 balls to help the Renegades reach their target - again with a ball to spare. Satterthwaite did the bulk of the work though, hitting 37 off 33 balls and while Satterthwaite hasn't churned out enough game-defining contributions, she is also on a bit of a streak having scored 20+ for five games in a row. The fact that Tahuhu is averaging 34 with the ball and Satterthwaite is averaging 24.71 with the bat, kinda sums up the Renegades campaign thus far.
Aside from her 2* vs the Renegades, McGlashan wasn't required to bat in the Sixers big win over Adelaide Strikers; McGlashan's Sixers smoked Satterthwaite/Tahuhu and then Bates/Devine. Sydney Sixers' big three batswomen did the trick in hitting 206/1 from their 20 overs, giving Devine the bowling figures of 3ov @ 15rpo and in turn giving the Strikers an almighty run-chase.
Devine could only manage 5 off 7 and Bates top-scored with 46 of 36 as the Strikers were all out for 132 in the 20th over. Devine is still 3rd in runs (44.28avg/136.56sr), although having taken 5 of her 8 wickets in that record-breaking effort and conceding 9.84rpo, Devine's bowling isn't quite as effective as the Strikers would like.
Bates is averaging 37.83/119.47sr and the issue for Adelaide is that Devine's 3rd in runs, Bates is 12th and the next best Strikers batter is back in 33rd; Devine and Bates are the only Strikers of the 27 batters who have scored 150+ runs.
Sydney Thunder suffered two defeats at the hands of Perth Scorchers. The first came with Rachel Priest hitting 43 off 23 balls as the Thunder batted first, then in the second game Priest was out for a 3-ball duck in a run-chase. Priest is doing a nice job as the slugger up top and while this lends itself to inconsistency, Priest is averaging 28.75 with a lovely strike-rate of 145.56. Only five batters have 200+ runs and strike-rates over 140; Priest is one of them.
The games continue to flow, with two games today and then there is a brief window on the 4th with no games. I'll pop back up then to suss out what's happened.
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