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WBBL round-up – Darlington denies Priest in thriller

Sydney Thunder 7 for 129 (Knight 61*) beat Hobart Hurricanes 7 for 128 (Priest 83*) by one run

Hannah Darlington held her nerve in the final over of a gripping finish to deny Rachel Priest as the Thunder fought back to take a one-run victory. The Hurricanes, through Priest’s belligerent display, were well on track for most of their chase but fell away badly in the closing overs. At one stage they needed 18 off 19 balls with seven wickets in hand before Chloe Tryon fell to Darlington and Priest lost too much of the strike. The final over started needing 11 and it became 10 off three balls when Priest heaved a leg-side six which was followed by a wide. However, Darlington then fired one in at the pads which became a dot and needing three to win off the last, or two for a Super Over, she delivered a yorker which Priest could only take for a single. The Thunder only got as far as 129 thanks to another superb innings from Heather Knight, who would later add two crucial wickets. They were 4 for 78 when Rachael Haynes fell to the 15-year-old legspinner Amy Smith then Knight and Phoebe Litchfield added 31 in four overs but the final three overs only brought 19 runs. Tammy Beaumont, who had laboured to 18 off 26 balls, was smartly run out by Nicola Carey when Knight played the ball back to her and Carey turned to see Beaumont out of her ground.

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