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Taylor sidelined with injury, Matthews fails to fire for Hurricanes

SYD­NEY – In­jured West In­dies Women’s cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor was a non-starter and fel­low Windies Women’s all-rounder Hay­ley Matthews made a mi­nor con­tri­bu­tion in the fi­nal round of pre­lim­i­nary match­es in the Women’s Big Bash League in Aus­tralia on Sun­day.

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Tay­lor was not ex­pect­ed to play af­ter sus­tain­ing a leg in­jury on Sat­ur­day, but she watched her Ade­laide Strik­ers team­mates up­stage se­mi-fi­nals bound Perth Scorchers by three runs to close out their par­tic­i­pa­tion in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion in a thrilling fash­ion.

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Matthews re­turned to the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes line-up, af­ter not play­ing in the pre­vi­ous two match­es. She was dis­missed for a four-ball duck and took one for 12 in three overs with her un­com­pli­cat­ed off-spin, but the Syd­ney Thun­der con­firmed their place in the se­mi-fi­nals with a six-wick­et vic­to­ry.

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At North Syd­ney Oval, the Strik­ers fought back to pull off an in­cred­i­ble up­set win over the Perth Scorchers against the odds, fin­ish­ing their sea­son on a high note, af­ter be­ing knocked out of se­mi-fi­nals con­tention on Sat­ur­day.

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Aman­da-Jade Welling­ton hit five fours and two six­es in the top score of 48 from 25 balls and led a sol­id bat­ting ef­fort for the Strik­ers to reach 159 for six from their al­lo­ca­tion of 20 overs, af­ter they were put in­to bat

South Africa Women’s bats­man Lau­ra Wolvaardt sup­port­ed with 37, Katie Mack made 32 and Made­line Pen­na added 20 to prop up the Strik­ers bat­ting

Mack and Woolvaardt added 57 for the sec­ond wick­et to hold the top or­der to­geth­er be­fore Welling­ton led the late charge, dom­i­nat­ing a fifth wick­et stand of 43 with Brid­get Pat­ter­son be­fore falling to the penul­ti­mate ball of the in­nings

Rook­ie Eng­land Women’s pac­er Sarah Glenn was the pick of the Scorchers bowlers, tak­ing four for 18 from her al­lot­ted four overs

Scorchers ap­peared well placed to suc­cess­ful­ly chase down the tar­get, when New Zealand Women’s bats­man So­phie Devine and Aus­tralia Women’s bats­man Beth Mooney put on 118 with lit­tle trou­ble for the first wick­et

Devine was caught be­hind off Aus­tralia Women’s pac­er Tahlia Mc­Grath for 57 off 42 balls that in­clud­ed nine fours and trig­gered a pe­ri­od of in­sta­bil­i­ty in the Scorchers bat­ting

Five wick­ets fell for 20 in the space of 19 balls and Scorchers found them­selves need­ing 22 from the fi­nal three overs, be­fore the match came down to the Scorchers need­ing nine from the fi­nal over, which was bowled by Aus­tralia Women’s pac­er Sarah Coyte

Jem­ma Bars­by was run out off the first ball of the over, a dot-ball and three sin­gles fol­lowed, as the Scorchers strug­gled against Coyte, the top wick­et-tak­er in the com­pe­ti­tion

Need­ing five off the fi­nal ball, the Strik­ers re­mained in the hunt, as Katie Mack col­lect­ed in the field, re­turn­ing the ball to the bowler as Coyte took the bails off, claim­ing a fi­nal wick­et, and vic­to­ry, for her team

Strik­ers end­ed sixth in the pre­lim­i­nary com­pe­ti­tion on 13 points and the Scorchers fin­ished fourth on 14 points and will face chart-top­pers Mel­bourne Stars in the se­mi-fi­nals on Wednes­day in a dou­ble-head­er at North Syd­ney Oval

At Drum­moyne Oval, bat­ting was once again the bug­bear for the Hur­ri­canes and Matthews was one of the bats­men that fell cheap­ly and sunk the Ho­bart side to four runs for three wick­ets in the first three overs

They nev­er ful­ly re­cov­ered and were re­strict­ed to 115 for nine from their al­lo­ca­tion of 20 overs, af­ter they were put in­to bat

New Zealand Women’s wick­et­keep­er/bats­man Rachel Priest hit 32 and Sasha Moloney gath­ered the top score of 39, shar­ing 57 for the third wick­et to give the in­nings a bit of sub­stance

A late flur­ry for 24 not out from their cap­tain Corinne Hall pushed them over the 100-run mark, with South Africa Women’s fast bowler Shab­n­im Is­mail tak­ing three for 10 from her al­lot­ted four overs and Han­nah Dar­ling­ton grab­bing three for 24 from her four overs to be the main de­stroy­ers of the Hur­ri­canes bat­ting

Miss­ing new-ball bowler, Be­lin­da Vakaw­era, who in­jured her­self in the pre­vi­ous day’s match against the Scorch­es, a tar­get of 116 was al­ways go­ing to be tough to­tal de­fend

When Hall al­so came from the field with an in­jured calf mid­way through the in­nings, things con­tin­ued to get worse for the Hur­ri­canes

The Canes ral­lied as best as they could, but the Eng­land Women’s pair of Tam­mi Beau­mont with 22 and Heather Knight with 25 set things up for the Thun­der and they for­malised the re­sult with 19 balls re­main­ing

Hur­ri­canes end­ed at the bot­tom of the eight-team ta­ble on eight points, and the Thun­der fin­ished third on 16 and will meet sec­ond Bris­bane Heat in Wednes­day’s se­mi-fi­nal dou­ble-head­er at North Syd­ney Oval