W/BBL live blog – Sunday 20 December

2:05pm – The Thunder would’ve been favoured strongly to beat the Strikers after scoring 148. In 18 women’s T20 matches played in Australia where the first team scored 146-150, that team went on to win 13 times. But the Strikers have won today.

The Sixers look likely to win their match, needing only 39 runs off 45 balls with plenty of wickets to spare.

1:52pm – The Renegades have beaten the Heat, recording their first win. It also looks like the Strikers are about to record their first win over the previously-unbeaten Thunder, and the Sixers look likely to beat the Scorchers – it’s a day of underdog wins.

1:15pm – We have five WBBL matches and two BBL matches today. One of these matches has already finished and three other WBBL matches are underway.

The Hurricanes have already won the first match against the Stars, which is the Stars’ first loss in the tournament. The Hurricanes scored 6/144, and in response the Stars were bowled out for 114 off 19.2 overs.

The Hurricanes now have six wins and one loss, and the Stars have four wins and one loss. The Hurricanes’ innings was built on the performance by opener Hayley Matthews. Matthews scored 77 off 51 balls. Her previous best score was 32, and she had only scored more than ten once in this tournament – and has already had two golden ducks. Meg Lanning scored 20, which was her lowest score in this tournament.

At the SCG, the Scorchers just finished their innings on 8/107. Previous results in women’s matches in Australia suggest they have an approximately 30% chance of winning with those figures. The Scorchers innings started very poorly and they did well to reach 107, but this is the Sixers best shot at winning a match, after losing their last six matches.

The Brisbane Heat are looking wobbly after scoring 110 at the Gabba. The Renegades are on 2/69 off 11.2 overs and look likely to have their first win.

There was some unexplained delay in Brisbane in the Adelaide Strikers innings, as they aim to chase down the Sydney Thunder’s score of 6/148. At the moment the Strikers are on 1/60 off 9 overs – it will still be hard for them to win, but they have quite a few wickets to spend.

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