The Renegades were in control of the match from start to finish, taking wickets at regular intervals, bowling tight lines and fielding well before chasing down the target of 123 with plenty of time to spare.
Drying up the scoring
After the runs came a little too easily for the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday night, the Renegades quickly made amends.
Carly Leeson (3-14 off four overs), Sophie Molineux (1-18 off four overs) and Makinley Blows (1-25 off four overs) were brilliant, conceding only 57 runs from their combined 72 deliveries, choking the Strikers’ batters and forcing them to hit out at inopportune times.
Leeson, in particular, continues to go from strength-to-strength, with her three wickets catapulting her into equal top spot alongside Sophie Molineux (10 wickets) as the Renegades’ leading wicket taker this season.
Although Laura Wolvaardt (36 runs off 40 deliveries) held Adelaide’s innings together, and Madeline Penna (26 not out off 13) added some late boundaries, the Strikers’ final total of 6-122 was gettable.
Lee loads up
Renegades’ recruit Lizelle Lee made her biggest impression yet in the red and black shirt, crashing 48 runs from 34 deliveries at the top of the order, and adding 77 runs alongside Sophie Molineux (52 off 43) from the first 10 overs before she was dismissed.
Lee’s hitting was a sight to behold, with a boundary struck straight past the bowler epitomizing her timing and grace, while a pair of sixes that sailed miles beyond the field showcased her eye and natural ability to clear fences.
While she fell short of her maiden half century of the tournament, Lee sent a reminder to the rest of the competition that she is not to be underestimated.
With a player of her quality at the top of her game, the Renegades were never going to lose.
The all-round package
Although Lee’s performance took centre stage in the early going, her opening partner was quietly accumulating plenty of runs of her own.
Sophie Molineux has scored more runs than any Renegade this season, and she finally received a reward for effort, posting her first half century for WBBL|06 and the sixth of her WBBL career.
She began as Lee’s foil before assuming greater responsibility when her partner fell after 10 overs, with some glorious hitting on both sides of the wicket carrying her to 52 before she was dismissed 13 runs short of victory.
What comes next?
The Renegades’ home and away season is rounding its final bend, with only matches against the Sydney Sixers (Saturday at 7.05pm AEDT) and the Brisbane Heat (Sunday at 2.30pm AEDT) remaining before the finals begin.