Windies trio struggle but Thunder win
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Reigning champions Sydney Thunder overcame Stafanie Taylor's second straight failure to beat Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets on Boxing Day to go fourth in the Women's Big Bash League standings.
Chasing 111 for victory at Blacktown International Sportspark, Thunder were propelled by captain Alex Blackwell's unbeaten 61, while Indian Harmanpreet Kaur scored 24 not out.
Together, they posted an enterprising 72 in an unbroken third-wicket stand which pulled Thunder around from 42 for two in the eighth over, and steered them to victory in the 16th over.
The right-handed West Indies batsman Taylor was the second to fall, run out for 13 off 21 deliveries.
In her last outing against Adelaide Strikers a week ago, Taylor scored just six and now has only 80 runs from four innings in the tournament.
UNBEATEN 50 OFF 52 BALLS
Earlier, Kris Britt hit an unbeaten 50 off 52 balls to rally Renegades to 110 for four off their 20 overs.
Taylor's two overs of off-spin went for 17 runs.
At Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Taylor's Windies teammate, Deandra Dottin, also had little impact as her Brisbane Heat plunged to a 54-run defeat to leaders Melbourne Stars.
Set 149 for victory, Heat could only muster 94 for seven off their 20 overs, with Dottin scoring 24 from 27 balls with two fours and six.
She was just one of three players in double figures and one of two to pass 20, with opener Kirby Short top-scoring with 27.
Captain and opener Meg Lanning had earlier stroked an unbeaten 97 off 72 deliveries, with 11 fours and three sixes to underpin Stars' 148 for two.
Dottin sent down two overs of medium pace which cost 10 runs.
Teenage Windies opener Hayley Matthews also struggled in Adelaide as Hobart Hurricanes went down to Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets.
The right-handed Matthews scored a run-a-ball 17 as Hurricanes got up to 143 for three batting first at Gliderol Stadium.
Captain Heather Knight, batting at number three, top-scored with 69 off 47 balls with six fours and two sixes.
In reply, Sophie Devine hammered an unbeaten 103 as Strikers coasted to their target in the 17th over.