Taylor’s top score fails to prevent Thunder from defeat
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor extended her handsome run of form but Sydney Thunder's batting failed as they collapsed to a 14-run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the women's Big Bash League here yesterday.
Chasing 142 for victory at the Gabba, Thunder were held to 127 for nine off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Taylor top-scoring with 43 and Erin Osborne getting 31.
They were the only two batsmen to pass 20 and two of only three in double figures as 19-year-old fast bowler Holly Ferlin hurt the innings with a haul of three for 21 from four overs.
Thunder slumped to 25 for four in the fifth over before Jamaican Taylor and Osborne revived the innings with a stand of 59 for the fifth wicket.
Taylor faced 47 balls and struck three fours and a six while Osborne counted two fours off 33 deliveries.
However, once Taylor perished in the 15th over the innings declined again and Heat secured a comfortable victory.
Earlier, Jess Jonassen top-scored with 47 from 44 balls and captain Delissa Kimmince hit 29 from 27 balls, to help Heat up to 141 for eight off their 20 overs.
Taylor proved economical with her off-spin, taking one for 23 from her four overs.
On Friday, West Indies Women's teenaged opener Hayley Matthews failed with a first ball 'duck' but Hobart Hurricanes still did enough to beat Perth Scorchers by one run in Sydney.