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WBBL season ends in defeat

22 November 2020

The Melbourne Renegades’ WBBL|06 season came to a close with a 43-run loss to the Brisbane Heat at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday.

Needing 115 to win from a rain-reduced 17 overs, the Renegades stumbled to 3-7 in the third over and faced with an uphill battle from there on. They were eventually bowled out for 76 with four balls remaining.

A promising start
The second-placed Heat had plenty to play for entering Sunday’s match but quickly found themselves in a spot of trouble at 3-35 after seven overs after the Gades won the toss and elected to bowl.

Carly Leeson’s terrific season continued, bowling Georgia Redmayne (10 runs off 5 deliveries) in the third over, before Heat stars Grace Harris (3 off 13) and Jessica Jonassen (16 off 16) were removed by Lea Tahuhu and Makinley Blows in quick time.

The Heat eventually stabilised through Georgia Voll (20 off 23) and Amelia Kerr (35 not out off 26), and took their rate to a tick over a run a ball by the early close.

A name we’ll remember
Does the surname Prestwidge ring any bells?

If it does, it might be because the Renegades have signed all-rounder Jack Prestwidge to their BBL|10 squad.

But in this case, he’s not the Prestwidge we’re referring to.

This time around, it’s Georgia Prestwidge, Jack’s sister. Unfortunately for the Gades, though, she plays for the Brisbane Heat and took 4-12 against them on Sunday.

Prestwidge’s spell was outstanding, ending debutant Rebecca Carter (2 off 8) and wicket keeper Josie Dooley’s (4 off 7) days before they had got out of first gear, and she later returned to dismiss Leeson (12 off 8) and Tahuhu (9 off 9).

She was also involved in the dismissal of captain Amy Satterthwaite (14 off 13), who sent a catch her way off Jonassen.

What comes next?
Sadly, Sunday’s match marks the end of the Renegades’ WBBL|06 journey.

It’s certainly one all involved will remember forever, given the unique circumstances in which the competition was played.

While the results didn’t go all their way, the Gades showed plenty of character in every outing despite numerous injuries to key players, and the growth of several young stars was evident by season’s end, boding well for a big WBBL|07.

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