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‘Gades look ahead to finals

13 January 2019

The Melbourne Renegades have been dealt a 29-run defeat at the hands of the Sydney Sixers in their final home-and-away match of WBBL|04.

The Snapshot: In front of over 5,000 fans at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium, the visitors sent the Renegades into bowl.

Thanks to an incredible performance from Lea Tahuhu with the ball - which saw her finish with figures of 0-7 off her four overs - the Renegades restricted the Sixers early, reducing them to just 1-18 at the end of the powerplay. 

However unbeaten half centuries from both Ellyse Perry (67*) and Erin Burns (53*) steadied the Sixers innings and saw them finish on 2-136 after their 20 overs.

In reply none of Renegades' top order seemed to be able to get a start with the bat.  Coming in at number four, Jess Duffin contributed a valuable run-a-ball 39 - including two massive sixes - however an 8th victory for the season wasn't to be for the home team.

The Sixers ran out victors by 29 runs.

Despite the loss, the match result firmed up the WBBL ladder as well as the fixture for next weekend's WBBL Semi Finals.  The Renegades finish the regular season with seven wins, six losses and one no result, for a total of 15 points and a net run rate of -0.079.

The Key Moment: The fall of Jess Duffin’s wicket extinguished a glimmer of hope that the Renegades might be able to salvage a come-from-behind victory with the bat in the second innings.  Duffin made an exciting 39 runs off 39 deliveries, in an innings that included two massive sixes.  However, she was going for a third maximum when she was caught out in the deep by none other than Sixers’ captain, Ellyse Perry.  With the Renegades’ innings already reaching the 19th over without them having cracked the 100-run mark, it proved an impossible task for the bowlers to make up the runs required for victory.

The Key Player: Lea Tahuhu seems to just get better and better as the WBBL season goes on.  Whether it’s the new year or the introduction of the headband to her playing kit, we’re more than happy for her to keep doing what she’s doing.

Opening the bowling from the river end of GMHBA Stadium, Tahuhu proceeded to bowl a maiden over, facing none other than WBBL|04’s most in-form batter; Ellyse Perry.  Bowling a maiden in Twenty20 cricket isn’t easy, although Tahuhu makes it seem that way, as she proceeded to bowl another maiden in the third, to become of just three players to bowl two maidens in an innings in the history of the WBBL.

Tahuhu took the ball again in the fifth, and conceded a single run, meaning she sat with figures off 0-1 off three with one over remaining.

At the end of her spell the Kiwi’s scorecard read; 4-2-0-7 – four overs bowled for two maidens, no wickets and seven runs.  This equalled the most economical spell in WBBL history, along with Natalie Sciver (WBBL|01) and Kristen Beams (WBBL|03).

Up Next: The Renegades will again come up against the Sixers in next week’s Semi Final at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.  The 1 v 4 clash will commence at 1.50pm AEDST.