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Leading from the front

03 January 2017

The impact of Rachel Priest’s captaincy is starting to be seen

Melbourne Renegades vice-captain Kris Britt believes Rachel Priest’s leadership as captain will have a lasting influence on the young squad.

Priest, the New Zealand opening batter, was elevated to the captaincy for WBBL|02 and has been an important figure in developing the young squad, featuring seven players under the age of 21.

“Rachel has been fantastic,” Britt told SEN on Tuesday.

“We have such a young team and it’s up to the more experienced leaders in the group to put them under their wing and put performances on the board.”

With a large turnover of players since the inaugural summer, it has taken some time for the side to gel together.

“It takes a little while to get used to playing with new players,” Britt explained.

“Our batting group has tried to put on some big scores and our bowling group has been doing a fantastic job, so hopefully we can put our whole game together.”

Britt herself has performed well in the top four and is the leading run scorer for the Renegades, with two half-centuries in her 149-run tally.

On Sunday, the Renegades turned the corner defeating highly rated arch rivals Melbourne Stars at the MCG.

“I think the momentum has definitely changed as of Sunday.

“Our two openers did the job and it makes the 20 overs a lot easier as a batting group.

“In 20/20, your top four or five batters need to make big runs.”

The Renegades continue their season on Wednesday at Camberwell Sports Ground, seeking revenge against the Perth Scorchers who defeated them a week ago at Etihad Stadium.

“In the WBBL there’s a lot of games in a short space of time and momentum is a big thing and I really do feel that our group now is really confident that we can take on the big guns,

“With the win, we can build on that and take that form to Camberwell.”

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