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Maitlan's game changer

04 January 2018

It was Maitlan Brown’s match changing moment that turned the game around for the Melbourne Renegades at GMHBA Stadium on Wednesday.

With the Sydney Sixers requiring just 41 runs from 48 balls, skipper Amy Satterthwaite threw the ball to Sri Lankan international Chamari Atapattu who turned the game – when Ellyse Perry lofted the ball high towards long-off.

 

Brown pulled off a ‘classic catch’ diving forward to dismiss the dangerous ICC Women’s Player of the Year for 37 runs.

 

“At the time I thought it was going to fall short and then as I was running in, I thought oh hang on, I can get this,” Brown explained to Jack Heverin on SEN Evenings post-match.

 

“So I just ran in and had to dive forward and the ground was very sticky and my legs went over my head almost, there’s a few funny screenshots,” Brown joked.

 

“But it was awesome and especially to get Perry out, If we didn’t get Perry out I think that the result might’ve been different but I was so lucky that it stuck.”  

 

The dismissal sparked a collapse from the Sixers lower order, who needed to score seven runs to win from the final over to win.

 

“We probably would’ve liked to have a few more runs on the board because the Sixers are such a strong team and bat really deep so we were a bit worried about that score, but we know that we have a really strong bowling attack and it just goes to show that anything can really happen.” Brown said.

 


 

A chaotic final ball saw the Sixers run two in order to secure a tie, sending the match to a Super Over after the Renegades players had begun celebrating.

 

“Yeah it was a very stressful moment that’s for sure,” Brown said.

 

“I was just celebrating and then all of a sudden Amy (Satterthwaite) was like ‘get the ball’ and we thought that when the ball went to the keeper it was a dead ball - but yeah we were wrong and we had to go to a super over.”

 

In what is the first WBBL Super Over this season, it was left to Hayley Jensen to bowl for the Renegades to the strong Sixers top order.

 

“Anything can really happen (in Super Over’s) so we trusted our bowler Hayley (Jensen) to bowl full and straight yorkers,” she said.

 

“With the batters you’ve just got to watch the ball and hit it as hard as you can and hope that something happens!” 

Jensen’s over had eight runs come from it, with Renegades batters Jess Duffin and Amy Satterthwaite able to knock off the runs on the final ball of the Super Over bowled by Marizanne Kapp.

 

Reflecting on the game overall, Brown felt the Renegades were under par – having earlier scored 7-120 on a flat wicket at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

 

“We thought the wicket was a bit of a road, it was very different to the game we played previously which was a bit poppy and had tennis ball bounce,” Brown suggested.

 

“It came on really nice to the bat and as bowlers we just had to get the right lengths otherwise it’s pretty easy for the batters to get away.”

 

The Renegades are now four wins from seven games, sitting inside the top four – a place where Brown hopes the Renegades can keep a hold of for the remainder of the season, in what is an even competition.

 

“We have reviews every now and then – so we set ourselves a goal with having three games in five days and we wanted to win all three, but we knew that we wanted to at least win two to stay in that top half of the ladder.”


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