Phoebe Litchfield went within one boundary of capping off an incredible Sydney Thunder comeback during Thursday night's Women's Big Bash tilt against rivals Sydney 6ers.
Although the girls in green lost the derby by four runs, the Kinross product went on a tear at Spotless Stadium, whacking seven fours on her was to a team-high 46-run effort.
The knock was by far the 17-year-old's best of the campaign as she's looking to work her way back into form after a slow start to her second season in the big leagues.
Litchfield entered the fold when her side was 2-45 after eight overs as Heather Knight was dismissed and after a slow start at the crease, she began to work her way into the match with some inventive shots.
She hit three reverse sweeps in-a-row that all went for four and looked like the Thunder's only hope for a come-from-behind win.
After a huge final over, Litchfield faced the final ball with five runs required for a win when she was clean bowled by Erin Burns.
The loss was the Thunder's fourth in five matches as their record slid to an even 5-5 after 10 contests.
Litchfield's next match will be on Saturday when her side squares off against the Adelaide Strikers at 2.30pm from Drummoyne Oval.
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