Adelaide lose injured import in WBBL
Star import Stafanie Taylor has suffered a knee injury while playing for the West Indies and won't return to Adelaide for the Strikers WBBL campaign.Taylor played the first two WBBL matches this season before departing for the Windies' one-day series against India, when she sprained a knee ligament.
The Melbourne Renegades have locked in a WBBL semi- final berth by beating the Sydney Thunder in the final round. © Getty Images Jess Duffin of the Renegades Skipper Jess Duffin has topscored to lead the surging Melbourne Renegades into Saturday's WBBL semi- finals with a clinical 29-run home
Brisbane Heat will host the WBBL finals series after finishing on top of the ladder.
Australia captain Meg Lanning has smashed her maiden WBBL ton to catapult Perth Scorchers to a convincing 35-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes at Lilac Hill and third position on the ladder.
Lanning cracked 101 off 67 balls to guide the Scorchers to 4-167, which proved beyond the Hurricanes who replied with 6-132 on Sunday.
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Hobart's reply started disastrously when Saturday's player-of-the-match Erin Fazackerley was stumped off the second ball of the innings for a duck.
Scorchers smash Perry-less Sixers in WBBL
The Sixers are doing it tough without their injured superstar Ellyse Perry, slumping to a big loss to the Scorchers and conceding third spot.Nat Sciver scored 52 off 37 balls to help the Scorchers post 5-152 from their 20 overs.
The WBBL finals picture is becoming clearer following victories to Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Adelaide Strikers moved clear on top of the WBBL ladder on Saturday after thumping Sydney Sixers Anna Lanning and Danni Wyatt fell in the first seven balls to give the Stars firm control before Duffin
Renegades lock in WBBL finals berth. Sent in to bat by the Thunder under threatening Melbourne skies, the equation was simple for the Renegades: win, and a spot in the four was She had Priest caught by a running Anna Lanning on the rope, striking twice more to remove fellow opener Naomi
Heather Knight (36) and Nicola Carey (26) batted solidly and Corinne Hall (28no) and Maisy Gibson (22no) hit out towards the end but the 'Canes were never in the hunt.
The win saw the Scorchers (9-5) jump ahead of fourth-placed Melbourne Renegades (8-6) and set up a semi-final stoush with the second-ranked Adelaide Strikers (10-4) who relinquished top spot after being overwhelmed by Sydney Sixers, inspired by Alyssa Healy's whirlwind 84 off 38 balls.
Brisbane Heat (10-4) will host the finals series at Allan Border Field after cruising past Melbourne Stars by eight wickets in a rain-reduced affair at St Kilda to knock off the Strikers on percentage.
The Heat will take on Melbourne Renegades who locked in a finals spot by downing Sydney Thunder earlier in the day.
Renegades aren't afraid of semi-final Heat .
There were inches between the Renegades and the WBBL final in that game last season and this time, courtesy of a three-game run of good form since a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Stars in late November, the Renegades travel to Brisbane with nothing to fear. Captain Jess Duffin has led the way in that respect, having scored 35 not out, 50 not out, 76 not out and 53 in her last four innings as well as 69 and 75 earlier in the season. Duffin isn't afraid of the Heat despite her side being the underdogs. The win over the Heat on November 27 is still fresh in their thoughts.