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Renegades no match for Hurricanes in WBBL

03 November 2020

The Melbourne Renegades found the going difficult against the Hobart Hurricanes on Tuesday, losing by nine wickets at Sydney’s Blacktown International Sportspark.

Sent into bat, the Renegades were on the back foot from the opening over and never looked settled as the Hurricanes’ bowlers ran riot.

Forced to defend a total of 81, the Gades’ hopes of causing an unlikely upset were quickly erased as the Hurricanes motored towards their target, sailing home with seven overs to spare.

No easy runs
For the Renegades, it was an innings that never quite got going.

Sophie Molineux (0 runs from 1 delivery) fell on the second ball of the day, and while senior hands Lizelle Lee (19 off 30) and Amy Satterthwaite (20 off 28) guided them to 1-30, the next nine wickets fell for the cost of just 50 runs.

Wicketkeeper Josie Dooley (13 off 18) tried to hold things together in the middle order, but with a string of single figure scores around her, the Gades were never likely to post a substantial total.

A total of 81 was the end result, with the final wicket falling with the penultimate ball of the innings.

Cane Train hard to stop
To defend a total below three figures, early wickets are a must. Unfortunately for the Renegades, Hobart’s openers had something else in mind.

Rachel Priest (34 off 33) and Naomi Stalenberg (35 not out off 38) found the boundaries more frequently than the Gades would have preferred, combining for 11 fours in an opening stand worth 56 before Renegades captain Amy Satterthwaite struck, bowling Priest as she swung across the line.

From there on, Hayley Matthews (8 off 5) and Stalenberg guided the Hurricanes to their first win of the season, home and hosed midway through the 13th over.

The Renegades’ task was made all the more difficult by the absence of fast bowler Maitlan Brown, who sat out the Hurricanes’ innings due to a hamstring complaint.

What comes next?
The Renegades will be keen to use the coming days to regroup and recharge before taking on the Sydney Thunder at Hurstville Oval on Saturday at 2.30pm (AEDT).

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