Thunder jump to top of WBBL table
Alex Blackwell led from the front as the Thunder secured a final-over win over the Renegades
8 January 2019, 05:51 PM AEST
An Alex Blackwell masterclass has lifted the Sydney Thunder to a six-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades and to the top of the Rebel WBBL ladder.
The veteran Thunder captain lofted spinner Sophie Molineux for a straight six to haul in the Renegades' 4-139 with five balls remaining at Spotless Stadium.
Blackwell started slowly and was dropped near the circle by Leah Tahuhu on 45 but found another gear when it mattered to finish unconquered on 66 off 28 deliveries.
"Batting in the middle order this season, I'm really enjoying that role," Blackwell said.
"I was a little bit slow in the beginning, I just had to play deep and I thought if we had wickets in hand, we were going to win the game.
"To keep that team to (under) 140 on that wicket was probably where we won the game."
Rachael Priest (22) looked good early but the Renegades appeared to still hold the upper hand, particularly when Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur was run out for 10 when her sliding bat got jammed in the turf.
With 31 needed off the last three overs, Renegades captain Amy Satterthwaite brought herself on but the move backfired as her over cost 17 to place the Thunder, with Blackwell firing, in the box seat.
Earlier, England international Danni Wyatt's 59 was the backbone of the Renegades' innings but she was bowled by allrounder Nicola Carey just when she was set to launch.
Carey (2-25) was the pick of the bowlers for the Thunder while young legspinner Rachel Trenaman also impressed.