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No luck under lights

17 November 2020

A batting masterclass from the Sydney Thunder’s Heather Knight put paid to the Melbourne Renegades’ hopes of piecing together two WBBL|06 wins in a row on Tuesday night.

Coming in at No. 3, Knight was in total control from the outset, making 58 not out from 32 deliveries as she guided the Thunder to an eight-wicket win with more than five overs to spare.

A new role pays off
Renegades’ wicket keeper Josie Dooley showed promise by the bucket load in WBBL|05, performing all sorts of rescue missions from various positions in the batting order.

Twelve months on, she’s been moved up the order again, given a chance to move into the No. 3 position as the Gades look to cover for injuries and find a winning formula.

Dooley’s looked the part there, too, making 82 runs from two innings since being given greater responsibility against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.

In her second start against the Thunder, the 20-year-old was right at home, making a composed 46 from 44 balls before she was dismissed in the final over.

Dooley’s knock included two fours and a six, running hard between the wickets and combining well with captain Amy Satterthwaite (39 off 41), putting on 76 in the middle overs.

With form like this, expect to see plenty more of Dooley in the batting spotlight as her young career continues to blossom.

A welcome return
The sight of Lea Tahuhu charging in with the new ball in hand has been sorely missed by Renegades fans all season.

A side strain suffered during New Zealand’s ODI series against Australia in October saw her deemed unavailable for selection until Sunday’s match against the Stars.

Tahuhu bowled well on return, too, but went wicketless across her three overs.

Against the Thunder, all her efforts to return in time to play a part in WBBL|06 were rewarded when she trapped Rachel Trenaman (15 off 11) LBW in the third over.

The 30-year-old let out a huge roar as the umpire’s finger rose. It was a moment she certainly deserves.

What comes next?
The Renegades will be looking to notch their third win for the season when they return to the field against the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday afternoon.

Beginning at 2.30pm (AEDT), the match will be broadcast live from Sydney Showground Stadium on Fox Cricket, Kayo Sports and