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Josie Dooley played a lone hand with the bat for the Renegades.

WEBER WBBL|07

Heat too strong for Renegades

20 November 2021

The Melbourne Renegades have fallen to a second straight loss on the eve of finals, going down to the Brisbane Heat by 43 runs in Mackay.

The result means the Renegades are all-but-certain to finish in second spot on the WBBL|07 ladder, with the Perth Scorchers holding top spot with a game to play tomorrow.

This would see the Renegades will play in The Challenger on Thursday for a place in The Final on Saturday against the Scorchers, against the winner of The Eliminator between the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers.

The loss to the Heat was almost a re-run of Friday night's game against Hobart Hurricanes.

The Heat batted first and posted 5-156 from their 20 overs, on the back of a strong partnership between Georgia Redmayne (71) and Georgia Voll (41).

A strong platform was laid in the first 10 overs by the Heat, with the Renegades bowlers bouncing back late to keep their opponents under 160.

Medium-pace bowler Rhiann O'Donnell claimed two wickets.

Skipper Sophie Molineux was again economical, finishing with 1-23 off her four overs. Molineux played her 86th match for the Renegades, making her the club's all-time games record holder, going past fellow spinner Molly Strano.

In reply, the Renegades couldn't get within reach of their total.

They lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 113, with star batter Harmanpreet Kaur not taking any part in the game after the first innings.

Josie Dooley was the standout performer with the bat, scoring 35 off 27 deliveries.

O'Donnell (19), Eve Jones (17) and Ellie Falconer (10) also reached double figures.

The Renegades will be desperate to bounce back in the finals, with full details to be confirmed tomorrow at the conclusion of the regular season.