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WBBL round-up – Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes and Sam Bates star in Thunder victory

Sydney Thunder 4 for 144 (Haynes 61*, Knight 57) beat Perth Scorchers 120 (Mooney 61, Bates 3-9) by 24 runs

Heather Knight produced another fine display as the Thunder maintained their strong start to the competition. Knight made her second half-century of the tournament, adding 108 with captain Rachael Haynes who top-scored with 61, then claimed two wickets as the Scorchers lost their way against spin. The Thunder were on the back foot early as they slipped to 3 for 22 inside the Powerplay – which was interrupted briefly by a fire alarm at the ground – but the Knight-Haynes axis again showed its experience as they firstly rebuilt and then started to accelerate. Both players were given a life – Knight on 32 and Haynes on 14 – and from 3 for 52 after 10 overs the Thunder added 92 in the second half of the innings, which included 18 off Sophie Devine’s second over and 15 off Taneale Peschel’s last which dented her previously excellent figures. Left-arm spinner Sam Bates again impressed, removing Devine in the fourth over, but comparatively the Scorchers were solidly placed at 2 for 68 in the 11th over. However, Nicole Bolton found deep midwicket then Knight struck twice in three balls which left too much on Beth Mooney’s shoulders and the game was done when she missed a slower-ball yorker from Sammy-Jo Johnson. Bates closed out her four overs with two wickets in two balls to take her tournament tally to seven.

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