Taylor helps Sydney do double over Hurricanes

Sydney Thunder off-spinner Stafanie Taylor.

LAUNCESTON, Tasmania,  CMC – A brace of wickets from West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor helped fire Sydney Thunder to their second win in as many days over Hayley Matthews’ Hobart Hurricanes.

Playing at the North Tasmania Cricket Asso-ciation Ground on Sunday, Thunder easily chased down a paltry 98 for victory to also post their fifth win in six outings and remain top of the Women’s Big Bash League standings.

Hobart, in contrast, remained winless having lost all six of their fixtures.

Opting for first knock, Hobart were restricted to 97 all out with two balls remaining, with only Stefanie Daffara showing any enterprise with 30 from 32 deliveries.

The 19-year-old Matthews fell cheaply for eight to extend her patchy run of form.

Off-spinner Taylor, who grabbed four wickets in Saturday’s win, once again played a prominent role with the ball taking two for 13 from 16 deliveries while new-ball seamer Samantha Bates claimed three for 12.

Taylor then failed with the bat, falling to off-spinner Matthews for five in the third over with 13 runs on the board, but captain Alex Blackwell struck an unbeaten 43 from 34 balls to see her side to victory.

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