With the Thunder’s season on the road, Litchfield achieved what nationwide star Rachael Haynes couldn’t.
Her unbeaten 16 off 14 balls might seem modest on paper however what the scorebook doesn’t seize is how she saved her head within the closing phases to steer the western Sydney crew residence by 5 wickets with two balls to spare.
Chasing 134 to remain answerable for their finals destiny, the Thunder wanted six to win from the ultimate over after Haynes was stumped making an attempt to launch Amanda-Jade Wellington’s leg-spin into 5 Dock Bay.
Pitted in opposition to skilled former worldwide Sarah Coyte, Litchfield performed the chances, opting to select the gaps slightly than take the extra harmful aerial route.
Unable to beat the sector at her first try for victory, she secured the successful runs at her second strive, discovering the boundary with a tuck off her hips behind sq..
The Strikers can be ruing the possibilities they gave to Haynes, whose 30 off 23 balls arrested the Thunder’s middle-order wobbles.
The nationwide vice-captain was reprieved on zero by Tegan McPharlin, who missed a stumping off Wellington, then was dropped on 4 by Alex Value at cowl.
The boundaries got here thick and quick early for Thunder openers Tammy Beaumont and Rachel Trenaman, however they wanted to as they in any other case struggled to show the strike over.
Punished early, the world’s No.2-ranked T20 bowler Megan Schutt saved the Strikers within the sport, conceding simply two runs from the 17th over – and her final – however was wicketless in a strategic win for the Thunder.
Adelaide’s innings was constructed on a 71-run partnership between opener Katie Mack and West Indies star Stafanie Taylor.
It got here as little shock that Taylor was run out after being hampered by a hamstring harm all through her innings.
Sammy-Jo Johnson had a day trip with the ball and within the area, her sharp throw making Taylor pay for a horrible mix-up whereas her three wickets prevented the Strikers from getting on high of the bowling.
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald