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WBBL Renegades record win for the ages

27 November 2019

Did we really just do that? The Melbourne Renegades’ finals hopes are still alive after an incredible six-wicket win over the ladder-leading Brisbane Heat.

A win for the ages
To say the win was unlikely is to understate the truth.

The Heat, seeking their eighth win on the spin, weren’t in a mood to muck around, setting the Renegades a mammoth target of 184 runs after plundering 4-183 in their 20 overs.

When opener Anna Lanning was run out on just the eighth ball of the innings, the Renegades’ hopes of victory and indeed finals looked high and dry.

But no one told the ‘Gades’ top order.

Danni Wyatt hammered 87 runs from 55 balls.

Tammy Beaumont gave her terrific support with 23 runs from 18 balls.

And, typically, captain Jess Duffin was superb at the finish, ending on 50 not out from 27 deliveries.

The run rate asked the Renegades to score nine runs per over from the get-go, but as it turned out, they didn’t need their full 20 over allotment.

Instead, they plundered 185 runs from 114 balls, finishing with six to spare.

It's a remarkable effort that will be remembered for some time, given the Renegades entered the match in fifth place and the Heat had won each of their past seven games.



Records broken
There were some superb stats to emerge from Wednesday’s win. These were some of the best of them:

- Wyatt’s 87 is the highest score ever made by a Renegade in a WBBL match. It tops Jess Duffin’s record of 81 runs against the Sydney Thunder in WBBL|03.

- The innings was the fourth time Wyatt has passed the 50-run mark this season, and the third time Duffin has done so in the same time frame.

- In making 4-185, the Renegades compiled their second-highest score in their five WBBL seasons. It fell just short of their biggest ever total of 6-189, made against the Thunder in WBBL|03.

- Duffin’s 50 came from 27 balls at a strike rate of 185.18, the fifth-best innings by strike rate by a Renegade to have made at least 25 runs in an innings.



What happened with the ball?
Unfortunately the Renegades’ bowlers ran headlong into a group of batters at the top of their game.

Beth Mooney, the competition’s leading run scorer, made 86 from 57 balls, and Jess Jonassen crunched 51 from just 34.

It was in fact part timer Danni Wyatt who was the most potent of the Gades’ bowlers, picking up 2-26 with her three overs of off-spin.

Fortunately, the might of the Heat’s batters was well and truly matched by their hard-hitting Renegade equivalents a short time later.



Got a curious fact for us?
A famous face was among the healthy crowd at Allan Border Field.

Grand Slam winner Ash Barty was watching her old Brisbane Heat teammates go to work, having played for them as recently as January 2016.

But she has a connection to the Renegades, too.

Wicketkeeper Josie Dooley, a Queensland girl at heart, played both tennis and cricket alongside Barty only a few short years ago.

In fact, they won the Ipswich Open doubles tournament and later opened the batting together in a first grade cricket final.

It's little wonder they were so happy to see each other again after the match.



 

What comes next?
The finals race is now heating up, with just two games remaining before the regular season comes to an end. The Renegades, sitting in fifth place on net run rate, have games against the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder to come this weekend, the results of which will help decide their finals future.

Those games mark the Renegades’ Big Weekend, when the CitiPower Centre plays host to back-to-back days of cricket over Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and all fans are encouraged to head down and cheer on the Renegades as they look to secure a finals berth.