Set 123 for victory, Devine (77 not out off 54 deliveries) and Piparo (33 off 29) took control from the outset of the Scorchers’ innings, and despite a handful of dropped catches were rarely troubled as they sealed a nine-wicket win with 31 balls to spare.
A solid start
Despite the loss, Renegades weren’t completely outclassed, particularly with the bat.
Sophie Molineux (39 off 38) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (48 not out off 56) held the innings together, putting on 74 together for more than 11 overs before Molineux was eventually dismissed.
The Scorchers managed to keep a lid on the run rate, leaking only one run off the penultimate over as the Gades found it difficult to find the boundaries they were after.
Lizelle Lee (12 off 12) and Courtney Webb (11 not out off 9) tried to give the innings some late punch, but the Scorchers ultimately were able to restrict them to 3-122.
The oddities of cricket
As the saying goes, Cricket’s a funny game. But not in ways of hilarity, more so in ways of the maddening, as Saturday proved.
First, it was Amy Satterthwaite’s turn to feel the warmth of the cricket Gods’ smiles.
Freeing her arms, Satterthwaite swung hard but was clean bowled by Piepa Cleary early in the seventh over.
She made it all the way back to the boundary rope until she received a last second reprieve: The third umpire deemed Cleary had bowled a no ball.
Redeemed, Satterthwaite remained at the crease when the innings came to a close, and was able to post her highest score of the tournament so far.
Unfortunately, Carly Leeson wasn’t so lucky.
Opening the bowling, Leeson managed to clip the under edge of Piparo’s bat and clip the stumps. The Gades had their second wicket in seven overs and looked well in the contest.
Except, of course, the bails were not dislodged.
The zing bails lit up and began to flash red, but had ultimately not left the stumps. Piparo cashed in on that twist of fate, too, and like Satterthwaite, was not out at the end of the Scorchers’ chase.
Shirts look sensational
The Renegades proudly wore the club’s special Indigenous playing shirt for the first time in its WBBL history.
The shirt was worn to mark NAIDOC Week as a part of the WBBL First Nations Festival of Cricket.
It wasn’t the last time fans will see it either, for the Gades will be wearing it again on Sunday against the Melbourne Stars. The shirt was designed by teenager Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward, who is a member of the Wurundjeri mob.
This weekend, we'll be proudly wearing our Indigenous kits as part of the First Nations Festival of Cricket as we celebrate NAIDOC Week.— Renegades WBBL (@RenegadesWBBL) November 14, 2020
The shirt was designed by teenager Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward, a member of the Wurundjeri mob, + was first worn in the BBL last season. pic.twitter.com/AMIKbHnGdq
Strano waits for 100
Cricketers - and batters, in particular - are used to long and agonizing waits to bring up three figures.
As a bowler, Molly Strano is no different. She has now gone two matches stuck on 99 wickets as she waits to become the first player in WBBL history to take 100.
She will be hoping to reach the milestone against the Stars on Sunday.
What comes next?
As mentioned, the Renegades will meet the Stars on Sunday at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium. The match will be broadcast on Channel Seven, Fox Cricket, ABC Radio and Kayo Sports from 1.45pm (AEDT).