Match Report:


Webb's heroics earn Renegades victory in Sydney

How we got there
When Webb came to the wicket, the job was ahead of her. Doable, with the Renegades at 4-67 after 9.4 overs, but a lot needed to go right.

The Renegades had calmly built an innings on the back of Danni Wyatt (55 runs from 43 balls) at the top of the order, but a steady flow of wickets, including two run outs, meant they were increasingly light on for top order batters.

Five overs later, Wyatt was bashing the ball to all corners and had the asking rate at only a tick over a run a ball when she couldn’t quite connect with a full toss and was caught in the deep.

In the next 16 balls, two wickets fell, but only six precious runs were scored as the Sixers began to turn the screws.

Would a hero emerge?

Enter Carly Leeson
A bowling all-rounder who originally began with the Sixers, Leeson showed everyone what she was made of when she strode to the crease at 7-108 with 32 needed from the last 17 balls.

She smashed the second ball of the next over straight back over the bowler’s head to signal her intent. By the time she had finished the over, a gettable 15 runs were needed from the last six.

And with Leeson standing and delivering, anything looked possible.

A grandstand finish
The final over had it all.

Wickets. Desperate running. Misfields. And a six to win the game.

Here's how it played out.

19.1: Leeson takes a single off Marizaane Kapp to deep mid-wicket.

19.2: Webb drives a half-volley to long off, where she is dropped by Sarah Aley.

19.3: Bang! Webb manages to clear the field and find the long-on boundary.

19.4: Webb digs out a yorker and they scamper back for the second, only for Leeson to be run out.

19.5: A mis-hit from Webb heads to long-on for two.

19.6: With five runs required to win the game, Webb stands and delivers, sending the ball over the rope at long-on and the Renegades into the top four in the process.

The win earned Webb the Player of the Match Award, and with an ice-cool 34 off 31 deliveries, it’s well recognition for a mighty effort.

Captain Strano steps up
The Renegades’ bid to move back into the top four was dealt a severe blow on the eve of the bat flip when captain Jess Duffin was forced to withdraw due to illness.

In her place stepped Molly Strano and, twenty overs later, it was clear the challenge of leadership clearly agrees with her.

Bringing herself into the attack at 1-12 after three overs, Strano’s first ball was a little loose and breezily tucked away for four.

But six overs later, she returned to the bowling crease and struck gold – twice – removing Ashleigh Gardiner (36 runs off 26 balls) and Erin Burns (two runs off three balls) in the space of four balls.

Her over went for just two runs, and most importantly took the scorelines from 1-67 to 3-69 midway through the innings. Through the agency of the stand-in skipper, the Renegades were back in the game.

Tahuhu leaves her mark
In Twenty20 cricket, bowlers only get 24 deliveries. It goes without saying that time is of the essence.

For strike bowlers such as Lea Tahuhu, it arguably makes their role even more important: If they can get their radar right, the momentum’s in the bowling team’s favour from the get-go.

Tahuhu became a living example of this on Sunday, ending Alyssa Healy’s innings with just the third ball of the day, bowling her through the gate one ball after being hit for four.

She returned 15 overs later and again made an immediate impact, drawing a false shot from Ellyse Perry that landed in the safe hands of Courtney Webb at mid-on.

The two openers are among the best in the WBBL, and, as sporting statistician and Twitter legend @SirSwampThing noted, Tahuhu is one of just three players to dismiss both in the same innings of a match.

Curious fact

The Renegades fielded three 50-gamers at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday.

Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham and Danni Wyatt all reached their WBBL half century, and each is to be commended for the qualities and skills they’ve brought to the club both on and off the field during their time in red.

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