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Kaur guides Renegades to WBBL top spot

Melbourne Renegades have claimed top spot in the WBBL following a mesmerising knock from Indian allrounder Harmanpreet Kaur.

The Renegades posted their fourth win on the trot with a six-wicket triumph over the Adelaide Strikers at Lilac Hill in Perth on Sunday.

Dane van Niekerk scored 62 off 47 balls and Laura Wolvaardt added 47 to lead the Strikers to a formidable 5-160.

In reply, Kaur cracked five sixes and three fours in an unbeaten knock of 73 off 46 balls as the Renegades got over the line with two balls to spare.

Kaur was critical in the result, with her flurry of boundaries ensuring the required run rate never got out of hand.

She also snared 2-31 with the ball in a player-of-the-match performance.

“I was just looking for 10 runs per over,” Kaur said.

“I was not putting too much pressure on myself. I know if I stayed in, we can chase this total.

“I’ve done this quite a few times in my life, so I was just very positive, and credit goes to all the girls who were there supporting me.

“It was a great chase for our side.”

In Launceston, Sydney Thunder got their WBBL title defence back on track on Sunday with a second straight victory.

The Thunder proved too strong for the Hobart Hurricanes, winning by 37 runs.

Indian opener Smriti Mandhana (50) and teenage star Phoebe Litchfield (31) powered the Thunder to 6-146 batting first.

The Hurricanes’ chase began in disastrous fashion, with skipper Rachel Priest bowled by rising English star Issy Wong for a duck from the second ball of the innings.

Indian spinner Deepti Sharma had the Hurricanes’ batters in all sorts of trouble, finishing with match-best figures of 3-13.

The Thunder were winless after their first five matches, but managed to get off the mark on Saturday by beating the Melbourne Stars by 19 runs.

The Stars bounced back from that loss by crushing previous ladder leaders Brisbane Heat by eight wickets on Sunday after producing an outstanding bowling performance.

Annabel Sutherland snared 3-21, while Tess Flintoff and Kim Garth snared two wickets apiece as the Heat stumbled to 9-95 from their 20 overs.

In response, the Stars cruised to the victory target with 20 balls to spare to secure their third win of the season.

Maia Bouchier (32no), Meg Lanning (27no) and Elyse Villani (26) all shared the scoring load.

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