Sydney Thunder 6 for 143 (Haynes 48*) beat Brisbane Heat 131 all out (L Kimmince 37, Darlington 3-19) by 12 runs
Sydney Thunder came back from the brink to book their first WBBL final since the opening season as defending champions Brisbane Heat suffered a dramatic collapse. Hannah Darlington, who claimed last year’s young player award, stuck in consecutive balls in the 18th over after Laura Kimmince was removed having been close to taking the Heat across the line again.
The winning moment came when former Heat star Sammy-Jo Johnson grabbed a low caught and bowled to spark wild celebrations. The Heat’s overall collapse was 6 for 12 as a campaign which had started slowly before coming to life with seven consecutive came crashing down.
Captain Rachael Haynes had hauled the Thunder up to a competitive total amid a stuttering innings in which Amelia Kerr and Nadine de Klerk stood out with…