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Renegades win third straight

07 January 2017

One of their best all-round performances continues the Renegades’ winning streak

The Renegades have defeated the Stars for the second time in six days, this time by five wickets at Etihad Stadium.

After losing the toss at the MCG, Renegades captain Rachel Priest had good luck with the coin on Saturday, able to send the Stars in to bat first.

Meg Lanning and Emma Inglis looked in ominous form, but they departed in successive balls as the end of the powerplay neared.

First it was Molly Strano, who came on at first change in a rare sight, going straight through the defences of Inglis.

Then Lea Tahuhu produced one of the deliveries of the tournament to dismiss Lanning.

The Renegades bowlers continued bowling well in partnerships, with very few boundary balls restricting the Stars to around a run a ball for the entire innings.

Strano came back on to bowl the 20th and final over, and took part in a rare team hat trick, two run outs coming after her second wicket of the spell.

Chasing 128 for victory, Rachel Priest and Sophie Molineux strode out to the crease looking to replicate the fireworks from the MCG.

But where it was the skipper last week, this time it was the youngster Molineux took charge.

A quick fire 23 at better than a run a ball set the foundation for the innings, and when both openers departed in the space of an over, that start allowed Danni Wyatt and Kris Britt time to settle at the crease.

The duo rarely looked troubled throughout the innings, and a near-record Renegades partnership of 75 off 67 balls took the side right up to the doorstep of the total.

An eventual five-wicket win, with three deliveries remaining, is the Renegades’ third in a row.

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