Sydney Thunder (WBBL)
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LeagueWomen's Big Bash League
Personnel
CaptainRachael Haynes,
Hannah Darlington
CoachTrevor Griffin
Team information
CitySydney
Colours  Lime
Home groundBlacktown ISP
Secondary home ground(s)Sydney Showground Stadium
History
Twenty20 debut6 December 2015 (2015-12-06)
WBBL wins2 (2015–16, 2020–21)
Official websiteSydney Thunder
Current season

The Sydney Thunder (WBBL) are an Australian women's Twenty20 cricket team based in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.[a] They are one of two teams from Sydney to compete in the Women's Big Bash League, the other being the Sydney Sixers. The Thunder have claimed two WBBL titles, winning the league's inaugural championship and the 2020–21 title.[2]

History

Formation

One of eight founding WBBL teams, the Sydney Thunder are aligned with the men's team of the same name.[3] At the official WBBL launch on 10 July 2015, Rene Farrell was unveiled as the team's first-ever player signing.[4] Joanne Broadbent was appointed as inaugural coach, while Alex Blackwell became the inaugural captain.[5][6]

The Thunder played their first game on 6 December against the Sydney Sixers at Howell Oval in Penrith, winning by nine wickets with 40 balls remaining.[7]

Rivalries

Brisbane Heat

The Thunder have combined with the Brisbane Heat to produce several "thrillers",[8][9][10] including:

Perth Scorchers

The Thunder and the Perth Scorchers have met in two semi-finals:

Due to a scheduling quirk, the two teams did not meet in the Thunder's home state of New South Wales until the 2020–21 Women's Big Bash League season (when the season was played entirely in Sydney due to uncertainty surrounding state border closures during the COVID-19 pandemic). From 2017 to 2018, five of their regular season encounters were played at Lilac Hill Park and characterised by close finishes, including:

Sydney Sixers

At the WBBL|02 season launch, Thunder captain Alex Blackwell said the Sydney Sixers "desperately want to beat us and we desperately want to beat them. It's set up to be a really good rivalry."[25] In a joint media conference ahead of WBBL|05, Sixers captain Ellyse Perry said she considers the Thunder "our biggest rivals" while the Thunder's Rachel Priest claimed "it was a really intense rivalry right when I started with the team".[26] Noteworthy matches include:

Captaincy records

See also: § Season summaries

There have been three captains in the Thunder's history, including matches featuring an acting captain.

Captain Span M Won Lost Tied NR W–L%
Alex Blackwell 2015–2019 60 36[b] 23[c] 0 1 61.02
Rachael Haynes 2019–present 28 14 12[c] 0 2 53.85
Hannah Darlington 2021 13 4 8 0 1 33.33

Source:[35]

Season summaries

Season W–L Pos. Finals Coach Captain Most Runs Most Wickets Most Valuable Player[d] Sources
2015–16 9–5* 1st* C Joanne Broadbent Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell – 410 Rene Farrell – 26* Stafanie Taylor [36][37][38]
2016–17 6–7 6th DNQ Joanne Broadbent Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell – 386 Nicola Carey – 14 Harmanpreet Kaur [39][40][41]
2017–18 10–4 2nd SF Joanne Broadbent Alex Blackwell Rachael Haynes – 426 Carey, Farrell – 17 Rachael Haynes [42][43][44]
2018–19 9–4 2nd SF Joanne Broadbent Alex Blackwell Rachael Haynes – 376 Stafanie Taylor – 19 Rachel Priest [45][46][47]
2019–20 5–8 6th DNQ Trevor Griffin Rachael Haynes[e] Alex Blackwell – 317 Hannah Darlington – 16 Hannah Darlington [48][49][50]
2020–21 7–5 3rd C Trevor Griffin Rachael Haynes Heather Knight – 446 Sammy-Jo Johnson – 22* Heather Knight [51][52][53]
2021–22 4–8 7th DNQ Trevor Griffin Rachael Haynes[f] Smriti Mandhana – 377 Hannah Darlington – 16 Smriti Mandhana [54][55][56]
Legend
DNQ Did not qualify SF Semi-finalists * Led the league
EF Lost the Eliminator RU Runners-up ^ League record
CF Lost the Challenger C Champions

Home grounds

Venue Games hosted by season
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total
Bankstown Oval 1 1 N/A[g] 2
Blacktown ISP 4 1 1 2 8
Drummoyne Oval 1 2 2 5
Howell Oval 1 2 1 4
Hurstville Oval 2 2
Lavington Sports Ground 1 1 2
Manuka Oval 1 1 1 3
North Dalton Park 1 1
North Sydney Oval 1 2 1 1 3 8
Robertson Oval 2 2
Sydney Showground Stadium 1 1 3 6 11
University Oval No. 1 1 1

Players

Current squad

Main article: 2021–22 Sydney Thunder WBBL season § Squad

Australian representatives

Australia The following is a list of cricketers who have played for the Thunder after making their debut in the national women's team (the period they spent as both a Thunder squad member and an Australian-capped player is in brackets):

Overseas marquees

Associate rookies

Statistics and awards

Statistics and awards updated through to the end of WBBL|07

Team stats

Opposition M Won Lost Tied NR W–L%
Adelaide Strikers 13 6 7[h] 0 0 46.15
Brisbane Heat 16 8 8 0 0 50.00
Hobart Hurricanes 13 10 3 0 0 76.92
Melbourne Renegades 14 9 5 0 0 64.29
Melbourne Stars 15 9 4 0 2 69.23
Perth Scorchers 16 6 9 0 1 40.00
Sydney Sixers 14 6[b] 7 0 1 46.15
Total 101 54[b] 43[h] 0 4 55.67

Source:[62]

Individual stats

Source:[62]

Individual awards

Sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturer Chest Sponsor Back Sponsor Breast Sponsor Sleeve Sponsor
2015–16 Majestic Athletic Rebel XVenture XVenture Rebel
2016–17 Homeworld Mazda
2017–18
2018–19 Mazda Amart Furniture Homeworld
2019–20 Ring.com
2020–21 Chamberlain Chamberlain
2021–22 Nike Chamberlain Homeworld What's Your Plan B?

See also

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Notes

  1. ^ Administrative and training base[1]
  2. ^ a b c Includes one win via Super Over
  3. ^ a b Includes one loss via Super Over
  4. ^ The player adjudged MVP for the Thunder each season is awarded the Alex Blackwell Medal
  5. ^ Alex Blackwell stood in as acting captain for one game.
  6. ^ Hannah Darlington was appointed as the stand-in captain in Haynes' absence.
  7. ^ No WBBL|07 matches were scheduled to be played in New South Wales and the ACT due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. ^ a b Includes two losses via Super Over