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REBEL WBBL|04

'Gades still in finals hunt

06 January 2019

The Melbourne Renegades have made it four wins on the trot, securing a 25-run victory over Brisbane Heat in Mackay.

The win sees the Renegades climb to fourth on the WBBL table, as they remain in the hunt for finals.  It is also the first time in the history of the WBBL the Renegades have won four consecutive matches.

The Snapshot: After winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Sophie Molineux and Danni Wyatt combined for a 92-run stand, before the first wicket fell in the 14th over.

It was tough going in the middle and the slow outfield provided little reward for effort with the bat, however patience for the openers prevailed, with Molineux making her second half century of the season, whilst Wyatt contributed a handy 45 off 37.

Captain Amy Satterthwaite and Jess Duffin also chimed in for a handy 25-run partnership for the fourth wicket, with the Renegades finishing on 3-143 after their 20 overs.

Despite making what was considered a par score on a difficult wicket, the big-hitting Heat weren’t to be underestimated in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Mackay.  Lea Tahuhu had other ideas however, clean bowling the dangerous Grace Harris for 2 on the second ball of her first over.  Tahuhu’s brilliance only continued from there, finishing with figures of 3-13 off her allotted 4 overs, including one maiden.

Maitlan Brown was also in fine form with the ball, finishing with 3-17 (4).  Her successive wickets of Jess Jonassen (6) and Josie Dooley (4) also saw her on a hat trick heading into her fourth over.

In the end Brisbane was dismissed for 118 in the 19th over, handing the Renegades victory with 7 balls remaining.

The Key Moment:  The opening 92-run stand for the first wicket between Sophie Molineux and Danni Wyatt proved crucial to setting up the ‘Gades 25-run win on a tricky batting wicket.  Although both players prefer to play an explosive, big-hitting innings, their patience in the middle saw them rewarded both individually on the scoreboard, and more importantly set the ‘Gades up for an important win over the third-placed Heat.

The Key Player: After contributing 50 with the bat and two wickets with the ball, Sophie Molineux was named Player of the Match for the third straight game.  After a ‘slow’ start to the season by her own standards, Molineux – and the Renegades – have found form at the pointy end of the season.  Molineux currently has 240 runs and 12 wickets to her name for WBBL|04, with three home and away fixtures remaining.

Up Next: Tomorrow the Renegades will travel to Sydney, ahead of another crucial clash, this time against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday afternoon.  The match will commence at 1.50pm at Spotless Stadium.