Hurricanes’ bowlers secure the spoils after Lee’s batting the difference


Hobart hurricanes 7 for 144 (Lee 41, Johnson 3-34) beat Sydney Thunder 95 by 49 runs

Hobart Hurricanes recorded their second win of the campaign with a 49-run belting of the Sydney Thunder in Blacktown.

Opener Lizelle Lee scored with 41 from 29 balls while the Hurricanes scored 7 for 141 from their 20 overs. It was the highest total in the first group of matches at the venue, which proved to be a difficult hitting surface.

Tammy Beaumont fell cheap again at the start of Thunder’s chase. Australian hopeful Phoebe Litchfield made 28 before Molly Strano threw the opener in the eighth over, proving their all-time high.

Hayley Jensen, Heather Graham and Maisy Gibson each took two wickets, with the latter claiming the main scalp of Rachael Haynes as Thunder was knocked out for 95 in 18.1 overs and they were scoreless for three games while heading out for the first time this season. It’s unlikely to get any easier, though, as it meant defending champions Perth Scorchers were next on their turf.