The Sydney Thunder men and women’s teams registered wins against the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers respectively to stay within touching distance of their respective Big Bash League leaders.
WOMEN’S BIG BASH LEAGUE
The Sydney derby saw the Thunder claim bragging rights over the Sixers as they strolled to an eight-wicket win, thanks to a brilliant bowling attack and runs from Rachael Haynes and Naomi Stalenberg.
Sydney Sixers 98-7 (M Kapp 40 not out, LG Smith 22; R Trenaman 2-11, NJ Carey 2-20, L Griffith 2-24)
Sydney Thunder 101-2 (NE Stalenberg 44 not out, RL Haynes 43; M Kapp 1-13, D van Niekerk 1-18)
Sydney Thunder won by 8 wickets with 14 balls remaining
— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) January 2, 2019
BIG BASH LEAGUE
The Thunder outclassed the Scorchers in a close encounter thanks to exhibition batting from Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson, as well as brilliant bowling and fielding from Fawad Ahmed.
Sydney Thunder 142-6 (JC Buttler 55, CJ Ferguson 42; AC Agar 2-27, JA Richardson 1-19, JP Behrendorff 1-21, NM Coulter-Nile 1-29, AJ Tye 1-36)
Perth Scorchers 141-5 (AJ Turner (c) 60 not out, WG Bosisto 23 not out, M Klinger 20; Fawad Ahmed 2-22, JD Cook 1-13, CJ Green 1-32)
Sydney Thunder won by one run
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 2, 2019
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