Sydney Thunder beat Sixers to win Women's Big Bash League

Sydney Thunder celebrate with the Women's Big Bash League trophy
Sydney Thunder were the only one of the eight teams without any England players
Women's Big Bash League final, Melbourne:
Sydney Sixers 115-7 (20 overs): Reakes 23*, Osborne 3-21
Sydney Thunder 116-7 (19.3 overs): Haynes 37, Blackwell 30
Sydney Thunder won by three wickets
Scorecard (external site)

Sydney Thunder won the inaugural Women's Big Bash League after edging city rivals Sydney Sixers by three wickets in a tense final in Melbourne.

Sixers had posted a modest total of 115-7 from their 20 overs at the MCG.

Rachael Haynes (37) gave Thunder a good start but was one of three players run out as they slumped from 100-2 to 113-7 in the space of two overs.

But with three balls remaining, they clinched the win when Ellyse Perry bowled a wide and Thunder ran a bye.

The last remaining England player in the tournament was Sixers all-rounder Laura Marsh, but the Kent spinner was not selected for the final.

While there were plenty of nerves on show from both sides in the final, with catches dropped and run-out chances missed, Cricket Australia will be delighted with the staging of the highest profile domestic tournament in the history of women's cricket, with interest and viewing figures having exceeded expectations.

England skipper Charlotte Edwards and vice-captain Heather Knight finished second and third respectively in the voting for the player of the tournament award, which was won by Australia and Melbourne Stars captain Meg Lanning, the leading run-scorer.

Thunder later completed a double when they beat Melbourne Stars in the men's Big Bash League final, also at the MCG.

Top performers at the WBBL (England players in bold)
Most runsMost wicketsPlayer of tournament votes
560 - Meg Lanning (Stars)26 - Rene Farrell (Thunder)1. Meg Lanning (Stars)
462 - Charlotte Edwards (Scorchers)22 - Veronica Pyke (Hurricanes)2. Charlotte Edwards (Scorchers)
430 - Ellyse Perry (Sixers)19 - Sarah Aley (Sixers)3. Heather Knight (Hurricanes)
410 - Alex Blackwell (Thunder)18 - Lauren Cheatle (Thunder)4. Ellyse Perry (Sixers)
400 - Beth Mooney (Heat)18 - Morna Nielsen (Stars)5. Stafanie Taylor (Thunder)
393 - Sarah Taylor (Strikers)18 - Natalie Sciver (Stars)6. Beth Mooney (Heat)
372 - Stafanie Taylor (Thunder)18 - Molly Strano (Renegades)7. Jess Jonassen (Heat)
366 - Sara McGlashan (Sixers)17 - Marizanne Kapp (Sixers)8. Marizanne Kapp (Sixers)
363 - Heather Knight (Hurricanes)17 - Delissa Kimmince (Heat)9. Danielle Wyatt (Renegades)
350 - Rachael Haynes (Thunder)17 - Heather Knight (Hurricanes)10. Amy Satterthwaite (Hurricanes)
Angela Reakes and Sara McGlashan in a mix-up
Angela Reakes and Sara McGlashan ended up at the same end at one point - but both escaped being run out

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