Tay­lor pow­er­less to pre­vent Thun­der de­feat

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

– West Indies cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor had lit­tle im­pact as her Syd­ney Thun­der lost their sec­ond match of the Women’s Big Bash League, with a sixwicket de­feat to Perth Scorchers here yes­ter­day.

Sent in at Lilac Hill Park, the vis­i­tors ral­lied to 179 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Rachael Haynes top-scor­ing with 50 off 40 balls and In­dian star Har­man­preet Kaur get­ting 45 from 29 balls, with a four and four sixes.

Haynes helped give the in­nings a rous­ing start, putting on 77 off 42 de­liv­er­ies for the first wicket with Rachel Pri­est whose 43 came from 23 de­liv­er­ies and in­cluded eight fours and a six.

When four wick­ets tum­bled for 40 runs to leave Syd­ney on 117 for four in the 14th over, Kaur combined with Tay­lor, who cracked an un­beaten 24 off 17 balls, to add 49 for the fifth wicket and give the in­nings a late push.

In re­ply, how­ever, Scorchers raced to their tar­get with a ball to spare, cour­tesy of half­cen­turies from cap­tain Meg Lan­ning (76) and El­yse Vil­lani (66 not out).

PERTH, Aus­tralia, CMC

Syd­ney Thun­der’s Stafanie Tay­lor.

The pair 93 off 56 balls with Lan­ning the more au­da­cious of the two with 12 fours and a six in a 40-ball knock.

It was Vil­lani who saw her side home, how­ever, adding a fur­ther 46 for the sec­ond wicket with Amy Jones (13), be­fore help­ing gar­ner the six runs re­quired off the fi­nal over, bowled by off-spin­ner Tay­lor.

Thun­der lies sec­ond in the eight-team stand­ings on 12 points, two points be­hind cross-town ri­vals, Syd­ney Six­ers. MELBOURNE, (Reuters) - For­mer Aus­tralia open­ing bats­man Cameron Ban­croft has been rushed back into the Perth Scorchers’ squad in the do­mes­tic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing the ex­piry of his ban for ball­tam­per­ing yes­ter­day.

Ban­croft was banned from in­ter­na­tional, state and Big Bash cricket for nine months for his part in the Cape Town scan­dal, which also led to 12month bans for for­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain Steve Smith and vice-cap­tain David Warner.

Ban­croft, who was per­mit­ted to play for his Perth club Wil­let­ton dur­ing his ban, could make his Big Bash re­turn against Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes to­day.

“Thank you to ev­ery per­son, group, team and com­mu­nity I have come across over the last 9 months. You know who you are,” the 26-year-old West­ern Aus­tralian wrote in a post on his In­sta­gram ac­count.

Ban­croft broke his si­lence on the ball-tam­per­ing af­fair on Wed­nes­day, cast­ing Warner as the in­sti­ga­tor of the plot to ma­nip­u­late the ball’s con­di­tion with a piece of sand­pa­per dur­ing the test match against South Africa.

Smith and Warner re­main sus­pended un­til the end of March.

Cameron Ban­croft

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