Sydney Thunder women split Perth Scorchers series honours

Naomi Stalenberg plays a shot against the Perth Thunder on January 7. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright
Naomi Stalenberg plays a shot against the Perth Thunder on January 7. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

NAOMI Stalenberg and the Sydney Thunder women split their series with the Perth Scorchers, played over January 7 and 8 in Perth.

The Thunder won on January 7 at Lilac Hill, while the result was reversed the next day when the teams played at the WACA.

Stalenberg batted in both games, after not getting a chance to go out in the middle in previous matches.

In the Thunder’s one run win, she made 24 off 21 balls, in an innings which featured three boundaries, before she was caught.

In that match, the Thunder set 145 as the target, and the Scorchers were unable to chase it down.

In the second match, she only faced one ball and grabbed a single from it.

In that match, the Thunder set 134 but the Scorchers chased it down in 18.1 overs.

Stalenberg had an early run out in the match, but other than that, only one Scorchers wicket fell and the team won by eight wickets.

The Thunder are atop the Women’s Big Bash League ladder for the time being, with six wins from eight matches.

The team’s next match is on January 13 against the Sydney Sixers.

Meanwhile, on January 7, Hawkesbury Cricket Club’s Arjun Nair and the Sydney Thunder men were defeated by the Adelaide Strikers.

The Strikers batted first and were 7-158, and the Thunder replied with 9-133.

Nair, who has turned heads this season with some of his tricky deliveries, didn’t take a wicket and made 10 runs from nine balls.

The men’s next match is tomorrow against the Scorchers, and they also play the Sixers on Saturday.