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Renegades fall just short of Strikers

08 November 2020

Some late lower order hitting from Carly Leeson very nearly carried the Melbourne Renegades to victory against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.

Reduced to 6-79 in pursuit of 128 and with only 30 balls left to spare, Leeson didn’t have much time to spare, but brought the Gades to within six runs by the close thanks to some huge leg side hitting.

Early wickets tumble
Hours after their thrilling win over the Sydney Thunder, the Renegades kept their momentum going on arrival at North Sydney Oval.

New Zealand fast bowler Rosemary Mair (2-14) combined with spinner Sophie Molineux (3-20) to reduce the Strikers to 3-14 midway through the fourth over.

When the fourth wicket fell three overs later, with only 25 runs on the board, the Renegades were well on top.

But to think that would have underestimated Stafanie Taylor.

The Strikers’ batter stood tall throughout, coming in at No. 5 and remaining put until the penultimate ball of the innings, making a fine 60 from 48 deliveries and steering her side to a very competitive 9-127.

Three-for what?
There must have been something in the air out in the centre of North Sydney Oval.

Just as the Strikers had stumbled to 3-14 in the fourth over, the Renegades also lost three wickets in the first 24 balls, sitting at 3-12 and in full on stabilization mode.

As ever, Courtney Webb (14 runs off 26 deliveries) and Georgia Wareham (42 off 32) were cool in a crisis, adding a steady 47 to get the chase back on course before Webb was caught at mid-off.

Promoted to No. 5, Wareham ooked every chance of clubbing the Gades to victory, only to be caught on the boundary with six overs to spare.

Leeson stands tall
Carly Leeson is starting to develop a reputation as a batter who can do significant damage during a run chase.

After all, it was her enormous six late in the successful run chase against the Sydney Sixers in WBBL|05 that gave the Renegades a sniff.

This time, coming in at No. 8, Leeson didn’t muck around, hitting two fours and two sixes into the grandstand on her way to 31 not out off 17 balls.

As wickets steadily fell around her, Leeson stayed calm and composed during the chase, getting as close as needing a six off the last ball to force the game into a super over.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Tahlia McGrath managed to bowl a dot ball with the final delivery, ensuring the Strikers recorded a six-run win.

What comes next?
The WBBL|06 caravan keeps moving, this time to Blacktown International Sportspark on Tuesday when the Melbourne Renegades meet the Hobart Hurricanes at 7.05pm (AEDT).