Midway through their innings, the Renegades looked set to record something of a comfortable win, moving to 1-73 in only the eighth over.
Danni Wyatt (40 runs off 18 balls) was having a party out in the middle, crunching six fours and a six to end with a strike rate of 222.22.
She had strong support from Sophie Molineux (13 runs off 16 balls) and Tammy Beaumont (12 runs off 19 balls) early on, and looked set to carry the ‘Gades home until she holed out at mid-wicket off Amelia Kerr.
From there on, the wickets began to fall at an all too steady rate. The Renegades lost a total of 5-38 from the moment Wyatt was dismissed until the 16th over, when Jess Duffin (15 runs off 17 balls) was caught on the offside.
Maitlan Brown (22 not out off 17 balls) and Georgia Wareham (17 runs off 15 balls) staged a mini-fightback late, but by then the gap was too great, as the home side finished six runs short of victory over the ladder-leaders.
Spinners show the way
Speaking of Wareham, Wednesday’s match was one of her finest of the season with ball in hand.
She took 2-27 from her four overs, including one of the balls of WBBL|05, when she beat the bat and skittled Laura Harris.
Wareham also took two catches in the deep and batted well when called upon late in the run chase, ending a terrific all-round performance.
Fellow spinner Molly Strano (2-39) also bowled well, clean bowling the league’s leading run scorer Beth Mooney for just nine from 12 balls. She later had Grace Harris caught by Wareham in the deep.
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The match was Maitlan Brown’s 50th for Renegades, and while it didn’t end in victory, she certainly played her part.
Brown took 1-18 from three overs (her 14th scalp for the season) and batted well in difficult circumstances, hitting three fours on her way to 22 not out.
What comes next?
The Renegades will look to keep their finals aspirations on track when they take on arch rivals the Melbourne Stars at Ballarat’s Eastern Oval on Saturday.