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Two in a row in WBBL|05

23 October 2019

Two wins in four days is reason to celebrate for the Melbourne Renegades after their four-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers at the CitiPower Centre on Wednesday.

Setting up the win
The batters put the runs on the board, but it was the Renegades’ bowlers who did the heavy lifting early on.

Lea Tahuhu headlined a strong performance from the bowling group, taking 1-14 from four overs, one of which was a maiden.

Further, the wicket she claimed wasn’t any old scalp. It was that of Scorchers captain Meg Lanning, who was caught behind for just two on the ninth ball of the day.

Perth threatened to take a stranglehold on the match at one point, but a steady stream of wickets from the midway point onwards meant their innings never scaled any dangerous heights.

Molly Strano picked up two wickets (2-27), and Sophie Molineux (1-20) and part-timer Danni Wyatt (1-17) both played their part.

English pair on song, ramps and all
They stole the show in the win over the Strikers on Sunday, and three days later, they did it again.

International stars Danni Wyatt (31 runs off 29 balls) and Tammy Beaumont (25 runs off 17 balls) combined to put on 48 runs for the second wicket and, in doing so, took control of the Renegades’ innings.

In contrast to her efforts in Adelaide, Wyatt took her time getting settled at the crease before putting her foot down, crunching consecutive sixes off Jemma Barsby in the eighth over to kick the Gades’ innings up a gear.

Beaumont, meanwhile, showcased her skill and dexterity, regularly lapping, paddling and ramping shots behind square and sometimes even over the wicketkeeper’s head for boundaries.

Neither the English players, nor New Zealander Tahuhu, have wasted any time getting settled in Australian conditions this season.

Not as easy as it seemed
The Renegades were careering to what looked like a comfortable win at 1-83 before a string of wickets meant the middle order was called upon to steady the ship.

Beaumont and Wyatt fell within three balls of each other at the halfway mark, and it wasn’t long before Claire Koski (5 runs off 7 balls) joined them behind the boundary.

Captain Jess Duffin (17 runs off 14 balls) punched a huge six back over the bowler’s head, only to fall shortly after, cleverly stumped off a wide by Scorchers keeper Amy Jones.

It eventually fell to Josie Dooley (17 not out off 17 balls) to seal the deal, calming negotiating the final overs as Perth sweated on a late-innings collapse.

It’s the second time in as many matches that the teenagers has guided the Renegades home at the close.

Got a curious fact for us?
We’ve got two.

One was the fire alarm that stopped play midway through Perth’s innings (it’s not something you see every day).

The other involved Player of the Match Sophie Mollineux.

She took 1-20 from four overs before opening the Renegades’ run chase with 24 from 20 balls (including five fours).

But, as Women's CricZone pointed out on Twitter, Molineux also become the first player to have scored more than 1000 runs for the Renegades in the WBBL.

Given she’s only 21, we can only hope there’s more to come.

What comes next?
The Renegades will now turn their attention to the Sydney Thunder, who they will meet at Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney on Saturday evening at 7pm.