Slow start, fast finish
The first ball of the afternoon was crunched to the boundary by Sophie Molineux.
It signalled the Renegades’ intent. And it was good intent. But unfortunately it didn’t turn into the early runs they wanted so dearly.
Molineux fell two balls later and her opening partner Danni Wyatt joined her in the dugout 12 balls later. At 2-10 and with Marizanne Kapp bowling with venom, the Renegades needed to stabilise.
Tammy Beaumont (29 runs off 42 balls) and Courtney Webb (25 runs off 30 balls) managed to do that, but both fell in successive deliveries in the 14th over just as they were starting to lift the run rate.
Georgia Wareham (0 runs off 1 ball), Josie Dooley (12 runs off 10 balls), Maitlan Brown (0 runs off 1 ball) and Carly Leeson (7 runs off 5 balls) all came and went in quick succession in the name of quick runs, but throughout it all, Jess Duffin stood tall.
She finished unbeaten on 34 from 22 balls, with two fours and two sixes, as well as eking out 12 runs from the final over to lift her side to a competitive 8-120 at the close.
Importantly, the Renegades took 88 runs from the final 10 overs, compensating for the steady start that saw just 32 runs come from the first half of the innings.
Fighting until the very end
Each of the Renegades’ past three games have gone until the final over. Two of them have finished on the very last ball, while this one ended with one delivery remaining.
Despite posting a moderate total (8-120), the ‘Gades bowlers kept things tight and the Sixers’ batters in check throughout.
But while the wickets fell steadily, one player stood tall: Ellyse Perry. To no one’s surprise, it was the Sydney captain who was there at the end, finishing on 45 not out from 50 balls to safely guide her side home.
The Renegades bowled well, led by Maitlan Brown, who took 2-18 off her four overs.
Most impressively, she bowled five dot balls in a row in the penultimate over, including the wicket of Marizanne Kapp, to ensure the Sixers needed to work for it in the final over.
Brown’s death bowling has been terrific all season. She took 3-6 in the final over of the first innings against the Sydney Thunder last week, and picked up a further two at the same stage of the match against the Adelaide Strikers in game No. 2.
There are no questions asked when Maitlan’s thrown the ball when the game reaches its tightest moments.
Got a curious fact for us?
Jess Duffin has made one heck of a start to life as captain.
The added responsibility hasn’t diminished her batting in the slightest, as she now averages 47.5 from five WBBL|05 innings.
Her 34 against the Sixers took her season tally to 190 while batting at No. 5. She’s surely firming for a place in the league’s Team of the Year.
What comes next?
A double-header with home comforts at the CitiPower Centre. That sounds pretty good to us. Back-to-back games against the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November is what awaits. Both matches will begin at 1pm (AEDT).
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