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Renegades account for Hobart twice in two days

10 November 2019

The Melbourne Renegades have squared their WBBL|05 ledger at four wins and four losses thanks to their eight-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

Flipping the script
Sunday’s game started remarkably similarly to how Saturday’s unfolded.

The Renegades won the bat flip, chose to bowl and had the Hurricanes at four for not many by the halfway mark.

It's what happened next that altered the script.

Instead of letting the ‘Canes back into the game via their middle order, Renegades’ captain Jess Duffin chose to bring opening bowler Lea Tahuhu back into the attack for the 12th over with Hobart 4-63. It was a risky move, given the New Zealand international is regularly called upon for one final over at the death.

But the risk paid off handsomely, when Tahuhu drew Fran Wilson forward with her first ball, chipping to Maitlan Brown at short mid-wicket.

From there, the wickets continued to tumble steadily, as Hobart crept to 8-108 at the close.

Captain Duffin was vindicated once again.



Sharing the spoils
It wasn’t just one Renegades bowler who did the work. It was all five of them.

The bowling group raffled the wickets between Molly Strano (3-19), Maitlan Brown (2-19), Sophie Molineux (2-24) and Tahuhu (1-21), while Georgia Wareham (0-20) bowled tidily throughout.

Strano set the game on its course early, picking up two wickets in just the second over of the day.

She bowled Erin Fazackerley (1) with her first ball and had Meg Phillips (6) caught by Tahuhu with her fifth, and later collected the prized scalp of Corrine Hall (16), caught on the rope in the 16th over.

Brown, too, picked up two wickets in an over, trapping Nicola Carey (15) LBW with her first ball of the day and drawing a feathered edge from Heather Knight (20) to Josie Dooley three balls later.

Molineux, Tahuhu and Wareham were consistent throughout, emphasised by the latter’s ability to keep Hobart to just two runs off the 15th over as the rush hour commenced.



The run chase
The Renegades’ batters made light work of the run chase, cruising to an eight-wicket win in just 15.4 overs.

Molineux set the tone early, crashing two fours off the start of the second over before departing a short time later for 12.

From there on, it was the English show, as international pair Tammy Beaumont (37 runs off 32 balls) and Danni Wyatt (45 not out off 44 balls) drove, cut and ramped their way to a partnership of 72 for the second wicket.

The pair was as inventive as ever, swiping the ball to all corners of the CitiPower Centre to take the wind out of the Hurricanes’ sails.

Eventually, it was left to Wyatt and Jess Duffin (6 runs off 7 balls) en route to victory with 26 balls to spare.



Got a curious fact for us?
Jess Duffin was all the rage on Saturday when she single-handedly carried the ‘Gades to victory with her 75 from 49 balls.

It prompted @OptaJason to remind us Duffin has scored more sixes (nine) than any other player in WBBL|05. Further, he noted Duffin has taken five catches this season, which is the most of any player in the league.



What comes next?
A quiet week is in order for the Renegades, who will have to wait until next Sunday before their next match against the Sydney Sixers at Drummoyne Oval in New South Wales at 2.10pm.