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Gades nine runs short of Canes

10 November 2020

A brave run chase wasn’t quite enough, as the Melbourne Renegades fell nine runs short of the Hobart Hurricanes under lights at Blacktown International Sportspark in Tuesday night’s WBBL|06 encounter.

Set the challenging target of 144, the Gades remained in the match right until the final deliveries thanks to some plucky middle order batting from Lizelle Lee (38 runs from 31 deliveries) and Courtney Webb (32 off 25), but weren’t quite able to go the distance when needing 17 from the last over.

A new order
A series of key injuries may have forced their hand, but the Renegades took on a slightly different look on Tuesday night.

Carly Leeson opened the bowling and the batting, Lizelle Lee slotted into a new role at No. 4, and Erin Fazackerley batted further down the order at No. 7.

Leeson took the new ball against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday and was again entrusted with kicking off proceedings against the Thunder.

She did a tidy job, too, picking up two wickets, including that of former Renegades teammate Erica Kershaw (6 off 11) and the talented Hayley Matthews (20 off 25).

It took her to a tally of six wickets for the season, meaning she is behind only Sophie Molineux, who has eight.

Leeson also partnered Molineux at the top of the batting order, mainly off the back of her powerful 31* from 17 deliveries against the Strikers.

Unfortunately, the move didn’t pay off this time around, as she was bowled off only the fifth ball of the innings.

Leeson’s transformation into an opener meant Lee began her innings at the fall of the second wicket and she immediately looked comfortable, crunching two sixes en route to 38 before holing out on the rope as the match began its final overs.

Covering for the Wolf
In the absence of the injured Georgia Wareham, the Gades needed to find four quality overs from elsewhere.

They came in the form of Ella Hayward’s off-spin and Makinley Blows’ mediums, and neither looked out of place.

Hayward generated plenty of grip and turn, while Blows bowled stump-to-stump and kept a tight line and length.

With six matches remaining in the regular season, the youngsters have done their hopes of further opportunities no harm at all.

One step away from a milestone
Molly Strano is only one wicket short of making WBBL history.

The off-spinner has 99 competition wickets to her name, comfortably ahead of the Heat’s Jess Jonassen and the now retired Sarah Aley, who are 18 behind on 83.

Strano began the night on 98 scalps, moving to within one wicket of triple figures when she claimed Chloe Tyron’s wicket (36 off 23), caught acrobatically by Fazackerley on the rope at the end of the Canes’ innings.

What comes next?
The Renegades will have three days off between matches before tackling a weekend doubleheader in the form of the Perth Scorchers on Saturday and the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.

Both matches will be broadcast nationally on Channel Seven and Fox Cricket.