Top two continue to impress and Rebels enter Play-Offs mix

Two teams ended the day level on points at the top of the Championship standings as the top six sides continue to battle for position.

Leicester Riders prepared for next weekend’s Trophy Final in the best possible fashion with an 81-64 win over Cardiff Met Archers in Wales. Sara Hinriksdottir stole the show for the visitors with 22 points.

There was cause for more celebration for Jen Ashton as the guard passed 500 WBBL career Championship points during the victory.

The shorthanded Nottingham Wildcats were unable to bounce back from yesterday’s defeat as the home side fell 70-65 to an impressive Essex Rebels. Abby Rendle’s 18 points ensured her team moved into the Play-Off positions.

Despite defeat, it was the 50th contest Wildcats play-caller Kendrick Liburd has coached in the WBBL Championship.

Len Busch also enjoyed a personal milestone as he took charge of his – and Sevenoaks’ – 150th WBBL Championship game; the Sevenoaks Suns coach saw his side win 67-44 on the road against Caledonia Pride thanks to 17 points from Renee Busch.

Unfortunately, the scheduled fixture between Oaklands Wolves and FLT Peterman Sheffield Hatters was cancelled due to an issue with transport.

More information on this fixture will be given in due course.

WBBL Championship (All Games)

Cardiff Met Archers 61-84 Leicester Riders (12-29, 26-47, 41-73)

(Archers – Bigica 14, Marchizotti 12, Wagstaff 11; Riders – Hinriksdottir 22, Gaskin 13, Haley 12)

Nottingham Wildcats 65-70 Essex Rebels (13-21 , 31-33, 49-49)

(Wildcats – Prior 24, Russell 18, Costa 17; Rebels – Rendle 18, Ward 16, Sarson 12)

Caledonia Pride 44-67 Sevenoaks Suns (19-18, 30-37, 38-52)

(Pride – Storie 12, Fouraki / Robb 9; Suns – Busch 17, Monakana 15, Carr 10)