WICKET! Litchfield st Redmayne b Kerr 7 (Thunder 94-4)
WICKET! Knight c Jonassen b de Klerk 17 (Thunder 68-3)
WICKET! Beaumont c Voll b Hancock 27 (Thunder 41-2)
WICKET! Trenaman run out 6 (Thunder 14-1)
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the WBBL second semi-final at North Sydney Oval. The prize on offer here is a berth in the final and a date with Melbourne Stars, who were highly impressive in their seven-wicket dispatch of Perth Scorchers at the same venue yesterday. For Brisbane Heat, victory tonight will keep alive their bid for a record third successive WBBL title. Sydney Thunder, the competition’s inaugural champions, are pursuing a victory that will advance them to the decider for the first time since that triumph in 2015-16.
The Heat enter this knockout contest in the rudest of health, having won seven consecutive games to turn around an indifferent start to the campaign. The Thunder are also in good touch with three victories from their past four attempts. Honours were split during the regular season, with the Thunder drawing first blood in a rain-affected fixture before the Heat hit back with a comfortable eight-wicket triumph that kickstarted their winning streak.
Looking forward to this one. Every chance it will be a close encounter. If you’d like to get involved, drop me an email or tweet @scott_heinrich.