Thunder, Scorchers win to tie at top
AUSTRALIA captain Rachael Haynes and West Indies international Stafanie Taylor lifted Sydney Thunder to an easy WBBL victory over the struggling Hobart Hurricanes and a share of top spot on the ladder.
The Thunder cruised to the victory target with 3.4 overs to spare with their 3-116 built around a confident 64 from Haynes.
The opener carved the bowling to all parts of University of Launceston Stadium, scoring a third successive half century in a 49-ball knock.
Taylor (10 not out) had the honour of hitting the winning runs after laying the foundation for victory with her off-spin. The Jamaican claimed 4-15 from four overs as the Hurricanes limped to 8-112 from their 20 overs.
The result moves the Thunder alongside Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers at the top of the standings.
Sixers had a chance to cement their outright lead at the top of the ladder but were not able to stop the Elyse Villani-led Scorchers.
Perth made it two from two against the ladder-leading Sydney Sixers with a confident six-wicket WBBL win on Saturday.
The Scorchers reached 4-139 to pass the Sixers' 138 with seven balls to spare amid a carnival atmosphere at Lilac Hill in Pereth.
The home crowd had plenty to celebrate as the Scorchers again reversed the result of last season's final, having defeated the Sixers a fortnight ago by nine wickets.
In-form opener Villani again starred cracking 63 from just 43 balls for a third half century in as many matches.
Along with Nicole Bolton (42) the pair virtually sealed victory with a 103-run opening stand. Bolton also took 2-15 to collect player-of-the-match honours.
It took an athletic catch from Ellyse Perry to remove Villani, although the star all-rounder had an off-day with the ball returning 0-29 from three overs. Perry was the mainstay of the Sixers' innings scoring a run-a-ball 45, after fellow opener Alyssa Healy was dismissed off the first ball of the match.
Heavy-scoring No. 3 Ash Gardner made 14 on her return following a two-week injury absence, while South African Dane van Niekerk chipped in with a quickfire 29 in the latter stages.
The win pushed the Scorchers equal top with four wins from six outings, albeit behind the Sixers on run-rate.