The star-studded Sydney Sixers' WBBL finals hopes are all but over after losing to the lowly Sydney Thunder, but the title stocks of the Adelaide Strikers are improving by the day.
The Sixers failed to fire in Mackay on Sunday, with the team crawling to 6-94 from their allotted overs.
In reply, the Thunder cruised to a six-wicket victory with 28 balls to spare.
Thunder opener Smriti Mandhana struck 45 off 39 balls to headline the run chase and lift her team off the bottom of the ladder.
The result left the Sixers languishing in sixth spot with just four wins to show from 12 games.
For the Sixers to avoid missing the finals for a third straight year, they'll need to win their final two games and also rely on Adelaide losing their final three games, plus hope their net run rate is sufficient.
The Sixers never got going with bat or ball on Sunday.
Star allrounder Ellyse Perry struck an unbeaten 40 off 40 balls for the Sixers, but she received little support from her teammates.
Thunder trio Sam Bates (0-14 off four overs), Issy Wong (2-27), and Hannah Darlington (2-15) all played crucial roles with the ball to help set up the win.
The Adelaide Strikers are looming as title smokies after posting their fourth straight win with a crushing eight-wicket triumph over second-placed Brisbane Heat.
The Heat were restricted to 7-94 on a tricky wicket; a total that would have been even lower if it wasn't for some lusty late hitting from Laura Kimmince (22no off 11 balls).
In reply, the Strikers cruised to the victory target with 22 balls to spare.
Opener Katie Mack (54no off 48 balls) and Tahlia McGrath (31no off 44 balls) combined for an unbeaten 88-run partnership to steer the Strikers to victory after they had crashed to 2-10.
The Strikers (13 points) are in fourth place, but importantly have played one less game than the second-placed Heat.
Adelaide's four-match winning run has come in the space of six days.
During that golden period, they have posted comprehensive wins over the Sydney Thunder (18 runs), Sydney Sixers (eight wickets), Hobart Hurricanes (48 runs) and Brisbane Heat (eight wickets).
Mack was named player of the match on Sunday for an innings that included eight boundaries.
"I knew I had to come in and play with intent, because I knew if I didn't that would be more dangerous than coming out and trying to play my shots," Mack said.
"I tried to negate a bit of swing, l came out of my crease a fair bit, and just tried to be really confident and hope for the best."
The Strikers' bowling display was a superb team effort, with Megan Schutt (1-17), Darcie Brown (1-16), Amanda-Jade Wellington (2-21), and Jemma Barsby (1-8) all piling on the pressure.