Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont help Sydney Thunder to Women’s Big Bash Final against Melbourne Stars

Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont will face England Women team-mates Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt in Saturday’s Women’s Big Bash League Final after helping Sydney Thunder secure a dramatic 12-run victory over Brisbane Heat.

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Opener Beaumont (27 off 20 balls, with six fours) and Knight (17) made solid contributions as Thunder posted 143-8, built upon an unbeaten 48 from Rachael Haynes.

Heat seemed well-placed to chase that total down at 119-4 in the 16th over only to collapse to 131 all out in 18.3 overs as teenager Hannah Darlington (3-19) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (2-14) ran through the lower-order.

Beaumont played her part, having a hand in two run outs, before Thunder’s victory was confirmed when Laura Kimmince (37 off 17) was bowled by Samantha Bates (2-37).

In the first semi-final on Wednesday, Sciver struck an unbeaten 47 as Melbourne Stars saw off Perth Scorchers by seven wickets.

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