New South Wales Breakers and Australian batter Rachael Haynes has scored her second half-century of the T20 Women’s Cricket Super League in England.
Haynes made 53 from 34 balls for the Loughborough Lightning in their three wicket win over the Southampton-based franchise, Southern Vipers, on Saturday followed 50 from 41 balls in a 41-run victory for her team against Yorkshire Diamonds last Tuesday.
The efforts of Haynes and her Australian team mate, Victorian top order batter Elyse Villani (61 not out), helped the Lightning to their fifth win of the Super League and puts them equal with the Western Storm – based in the South West of England – at the top of the table.
Captain of the successful Ashes campaign for the Australian Women’s team last summer, Haynes is the seventh leading run-scorer for the Super League thus far. She has posted 144 runs at an average of 36.00 from her six matches for the Lightning.
Last season in the Women’s National Cricket League, Haynes scored 363 runs for the Breakers at the outstanding average of 90.75 and made 426 runs from 15 games for the Sydney Thunder during the WBBL.
World class batter, Smriti Mandhana, leads the way for runs scored during the 2018 Super League. The opener for India has made 338 runs from six matches at 84.5.
The Super League also features many other international superstars of the female game including New Zealand allrounder Sophie Devine, who is the leading wicket taker at the half way stage of the Super League, with 11 wickets at 10.9.
Lancashire Thunder, with whom Breakers and Australian great Alex Blackwell is on the coaching staff, currently sit in third place ten points behind the Lightning and Storm.