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Joining the red side

05 January 2018

Melbourne Renegades wicket-keeper Emma Inglis is set to take her place in her fifth WBBL derby match between the two Melbourne clubs – but WBBL|03 will be the first time that she’ll be running out in red.

In the off-season, Inglis crossed to the Renegades having played with the Melbourne Stars in the first two seasons of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

 

The wicket-keeper batter has scored 101 runs at a strike rate of 124.69 and taken four dismissals this season for the Renegades, as an important figure in the team’s push towards a maiden finals berth.

 

“There’s always a big rivalry between the two Melbourne teams, so there’s generally a bit more emotion in the game around it,” Inglis said.

 

“It should be good being on the other side, I’ve never played a derby on the red side so it will be interesting.”

 

The MCG has been a happy stomping ground for the Renegades, winning two out of the three WBBL derby games between the two clubs.

 

“It’s one of the best grounds in the world,” the Victorian said of the MCG.

 

“When you walk out there it’s like a big colosseum and hopefully there will be a good crowd like previous years and it’d be good to get a win out there in red.”

 

Batter Jess Duffin and all-rounder Hayley Jensen also crossed from green to red in the off-season, with both players having an impact in the Renegades’ opening seven games.

 

“They’ve been going really well, Jess (Duffin) was cool, calm and collected in the Super Over the other day with the bat and kicked off the season pretty well with an 80-odd at North Sydney,” Inglis said.

 

“Hayley (Jensen) was a cool customer under pressure bowling the Super Over as well, I think they’ve been going really well. So I think they’re playing pretty good cricket and hopefully they can do that on the weekend.”

 

The Squad is in for tomorrow's game against the Stars!

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Inglis laughed at whether she’d be willing to give out some advice to her former teammates when she’s behind the stumps on Saturday.

 

“Probably not, maybe if we bat first,” she joked.

 

“I think I’ll just be encouraging our bowlers, and if someone wants to have a chat I’ll be up for it but if not I think I’ll stay pretty quiet.”

 

In the Renegades’ win against the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday, Inglis plundered 31 runs from just 17 balls – including a straight six off the bowling of Sarah Aley.

 

“Coming in to have that license to hit boundaries works pretty well for me, to have a clear goal of what I need to do and a pretty clear mind when I go out to bat helps,” Inglis said.

 

“In the past I’ve batted a lot of positions so whatever my role is, I’m happy to play it.”

 

Fun facts:

-          Sophie Molineux is 32 runs away from reaching the 500 Renegades runs milestone. She will be the fourth player to reach the mark behind Kris Britt, Danni Wyatt and Rachel Priest

-          Molly Strano is two wickets away from reaching the 50 wicket milestone – which would make her the first Renegades player to reach the mark.

-          The Renegades have beaten the Stars in three of the four games the teams have played against each other.

 

Renegades WBBL Squad v Stars

 

Amy Satterthwaite ©, Chamari Atapattu, Kris Britt, Maitlan Brown, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Claire Koski, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Jenny Taffs, Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham

 

Saturday 6 January

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Melbourne Cricket Ground, 2.20pm AEDT

Live on cricket.com.au and mamamia.com.au