WBBL: Rachel Priest plays starring role as Hobart Hurricanes continue Sydney Sixers worrying form slide

Rachel Priest did what Ellyse Perry couldn’t as the Hobart Hurricanes beat the Sydney Sixers by nine wickets at Sydney Showground Stadium.

The Hurricanes lost just one wicket as they chased down 140 to win with 11 balls to spare as the Sixers struggled to execute their game plan.

With the games coming thick and fast, it’s a worrying time for them to be hitting a wobble.

But that’s not giving Priest due credit.

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Rachel Priest paced the Hurricanes innings perfectly.Source:News Corp Australia

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‘See ball, hit ball’ was her mantra before beginning the Hurricane’s chase and the New Zealand international did just that with a brilliant, unbeaten 92.

After reaching her half-century off 41 balls, Priest accelerated her innings to take the game away from the Sixers. It was something Perry struggled to do despite shouldering the responsibility in the Sixers’ innings as she reached her 20th WBBL half-century with an unbeaten 72 off 68 balls.

She and Alyssa Healy got off to a flyer, putting on 33-runs until Healy (7) departed.

The wicket seemed to slow at the back end of the innings, but it was also thanks to some excellent bowling by the Hurricanes that the Sixers found it tough to accelerate.

For the second time in two matches against the Sixers teenager Amy Smith got the big wickets of Ashleigh Gardner (6) and Erin Burns (28), her spell stifling the Sixers.

Despite being set in the middle, Perry struggled to really get ahold of the Hurricanes’ bowling, with her innings lacking some fluency.

At the end the Sixers managed a score of 4-139, setting the Hurricanes an achievable 140 to win.

Their chase received a boost when Priest was dropped on five by Burns and she certainly went on with it. The Hurricanes lost Naomi Stalenberg – Perry with a brilliant direct hit to run her out – but that was merely a blip.

The Hobart side were comfortable with Priest and Hayley Matthews at the crease until the end, with Priest hitting the winning runs with a boundary.

Another Ellyse Perry 50 but it wasn’t enough to get the Sixers home.Source:Getty Images

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The Sydney Sixers will rue the moment Rachel Priest was dropped. The big-hitting Kiwi was on just five when Erin Burns dropped her in the second over and it’s fair to say she made the most of it.

KNOCK OF THE MATCH

‘See ball, hit ball’. That’s what Rachel Priest’s game plan was, and she executed it to perfection. The Kiwi international played one of her best ever knocks, hitting an unbeaten 92 to lead the Hurricanes to a huge win over the Sixers.

BOWLING SPELL OF THE MATCH

For the second time in two matches against the Sixers teenager Amy Smith starred with the ball. The 15-year-old again showed composure well beyond her years, stifling the Sixers by nabbing the key wickets of Ashleigh Gardner and Erin Burns – the same two players she dismissed the last time the two sides met. Smith ended with figures of 2-22.

Kiwis superstar adds to Renegades misery

The power of Sophie Devine has heaped the misery on the Melbourne Renegades’ disappointing WBBL campaign.

The New Zealand all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 77 as the Perth Scorchers brushed aside the Renegades by nine wickets – and with five overs to spare. It leaves the Renegades bottom of the ladder with just one win this tournament.

Tasked with a modest 123 runs to win at Sydney Showground, Devine started and finished the job. The 31-year-old hit all three sixes of the match on her way to another half-century and she chipped in with the wicket of Sophie Molineux earlier in the match.

Sophie Devine did it with both bat and ball.Source:Getty Images

The Renegades’ innings was much like their season so far – it never really kicked on.

Molineux and Amy Satterthwaite gave them the perfect platform with a 76-run partnership, the highest for the Renegades all season.

They were helped by some ordinary fielding by the Scorchers, but they certainly failed to capitalise on it.

At the end of their 10 overs they were 1-60 and on track for at least 150 – a par score on the Showground’s belter of a pitch.

But they stuttered. Molineux was dismissed for 39 and Satterthwaite could only manage an unbeaten 48 when a larger score was on the cards.

By the time the final over came around Courtney Webb managed to hit the Melbourne side’s first boundary in 27 balls. At the end of their innings not a single six had been hit, which is partly why they could only manage a modest score of 3-122.

In reply, out strode the formidable pairing of Beth Mooney and Devine and the two made light work of the first couple of overs, until Mooney (9) was bowled by Molineux.

It mattered little though as Devine, along with Chloe Piparo (33 not out), closed out the run chase with five overs to spare.

Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Molineux couldn’t go on after a positive start.Source:Getty Images

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It wasn’t so much a moment as a moment missed. The Renegades were looking at a big score having ended their 10th over just one wicket down for 60 runs, but they missed the chance to kick on. Sophie Molineux in particular was set, but just couldn’t let loose the shackles as the Renegades went on to manage just 3-122.

KNOCK OF THE MATCH

Sophie Devine was, well, divine. The New Zealand allrounder hit her 100th WBBL six as she led the Scorchers to a convincing win with an unbeaten 77. She was at her power-hitting best, with three sixes and seven fours as she again hit her stride at just the right time of the campaign.

BOWLING SPELL OF THE MATCH

Taneale Peschel continues to be the Scorchers’ most reliable bowler. Not only is she a regular wicket-taker, but she tends to nab the key wickets. After dismissing Carly Leeson early in the Renegades’ innings, Peschel then got the wicket of Lizelle Lee to end with more impressive figures of 2-17.

QUOTE OF THE MATCH

“We’ve been disappointed with how we’ve been going. It’s no one’s fault in particular, we’re all trying our best to improve it, but from a morale point of view and to just gain some respect it would be nice to try and improve things at the back end.” Amy Satterthwaite on the Renegades’ campaign.

Originally published asSixers on the slide as Priest gets better of Perry

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