Early wickets prove Gades downfall in First Nations Round
Here are the key moments from the Renegades match against the Hurricanes at CitiPower Centre:
Matthews leads the way
Following on from her Player of the Match performance in Brisbane, Melbourne Renegades skipper Hayley Matthews played a lone hand with the bat in her side's loss to the Hurricanes.
Quick wickets at the top of the order saw Matthews arrive at the crease a little earlier than anticipated. She tried to steady the ship and build partnerships, but the wickets kept tumbling around her as the Hurricanes stuck to plans, built pressure and capitalised on chances.
Eventually Matthews was bowled by the Canes' Molly Strano for 39 from 39 deliveries in the 16th over, a mature knock in a lowly total of 101.
Josie Dooley (16 no) made a start late in the innings.
First Nations Round
The result failed to dampen the occasion as the Melbourne Renegades hosted its annual First Nations Round at CitiPower Centre.
The squad wore its newly designed Indigenous playing kit with pride, the afternoon showcasing Indigenous culture and ceremony while celebrating the impacts of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders peoples have had on cricket and the nation.
Player and proud Jawoyn woman Ella Hayward delivered a moving Barefoot Circle ceremony pre-game, before standing shoulder to shoulder with representatives from the Stars, Hurricanes, Heat and teammates during a smoking ceremony.
Read more about Ella's collaboration with local artist Bayley Mifsud here in designing this year's Indigenous playing kit.
Behind the design — Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 16, 2023
Our very own Ella Hayward and artist Merindah-Gunya give us a breakdown on their collaborative design for the Renegades First Nations jersey 🤩
Come out to the Gades final home match this Sunday to see the kit in action.#GETONRED | #WBBL09 pic.twitter.com/0WtarN78Mb
The Renegades now switch their attention to another matchup against the Hurricanes, this time on the road at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Thursday night.