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Villani the difference at Etihad

29 December 2016

Renegades fall to Scorchers after Villani masterclass

A superb innings from Elyse Villani has proved the difference at Etihad Stadium, as the Melbourne Renegades were defeated by 32 runs at the hands of the Perth Scorchers.

It was the Renegades’ first match at Etihad Stadium for WBBL|02, and it started promisingly after captain Rachel Priest won the toss and elected to send the Scorchers in to bat.

New Zealand international Lea Tahuhu dismissed fellow Kiwi Suzie Bates hit wicket after a quality bouncer, and the Scorchers had only 12 on the board after the first three overs.

Don't see a hit wicket dismissal too often!

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Then Villani took over. Five boundaries off a Tahuhu over well and truly changed the momentum of the innings as the opening batter flew towards a half century.

Although no other Scorcher managed to hit a boundary until the 14th over, the foundation had well and truly been set.

So when Katherine Brunt and Lauren Ebsary started to hit out in the death overs, all of a sudden Perth was on its way to an imposing total.

26 runs off the last two overs meant the Scorchers ended on 5/155, Villani top scoring with her 60 from 42 deliveries.

The Renegades started well with their opening partnership of Priest and Sophie Molineux; the latter playing arguably the shot of the day with a splendid six over long on from the bowling of Anna Shrubsole.

What a shot from @SophieMolineux1 #WBBL02

When Priest and Kris Britt departed in quick succession, Danni Wyatt joined Molineux at the crease.

A 39-run partnership between the two at better than a run a ball raised hopes that the target of 156 was achievable.

But Heather Graham was able to breach the defences of Molineux, bowling her for 37, and from there it was steadily downhill for the Renegades.

Wyatt was adjudged LBW in the next over, and while Maitlan Brown and Molly Strano were able to find a couple of boundaries each, the Renegades eventually fell 32 runs short of the Scorchers.

The two sides meet again at Camberwell on January 4, but before then the Renegades will face the Stars in the New Year’s Day derby at the MCG.

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