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Super Satterthwaite and Terrific Tahuhu

06 February 2018

New Zealand international pair Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu certainly left their mark on the Melbourne Renegades in WBBL|03.

After crossing from the Hobart Hurricanes in the off-season, the new Renegades captain Satterthwaite starred with the bat as the team’s leading run scorer with 368 runs for the competition.

Fast bowler Tahuhu also had an improved season, going up from nine wickets in WBBL|02 to 17 wickets for WBBL|03– placing her in the top five wicket takers for the competition.

For Tahuhu, the frustration of missing out on finals left a sour taste in her mouth as the final game came to a close on the weekend.

“It was very disappointing and it’s extremely frustrating,” Tahuhu said.

“I think that as a team we had some really good opportunities and weren’t able to close out at least four games I can think of off the top of my head and that’s the reason why we’re heading home.”

Leading the fast bowlers unit, the experience quick was happy with her improvement from WBBL|02 to WBBL|03.

“I’m pretty happy, I can’t complain. It’s something that as an opening bowler you want to set a tone and get the team on the front foot, so I’m happy to be able to do my part this season,” Tahuhu said.

“At the start of the season I sort of had to reassess things as we thought that batters were coming out really hard scoring 200 in the first game.

“But being able to pull that back and get a relatively good economy rate and taking wickets, just helping the team win some games was pleasing.”

Tahuhu played all bar one match this season, battling a few niggles throughout the year – but the pace bowler believed that was natural for any bowler.

“I think that’s part of being a fast bowler these days with the amount of cricket we’re playing, a lot of it is about managing your body and as long as you recover well, you can get up the next day and go again.” Tahuhu said.

Coach Tim Coyle praised Tahuhu’s season knowing that she gave it her all right throughout the 14-game season.

“Lea came into the tournament a little weary and sore, she bowls a lot. But what we saw in the backend of the tournament when the whips were cracking, she was there,” Coyle said. 

“She’s a very competitive cricketer and just loves winning, and is frustrated that we didn’t win games we should’ve done, but she’s worth her weight in gold around this group and loves playing for this team.

“She wears her heart on her sleeve which is great and performs which is really good.”

For Satterthwaite, it was a frustrating season going so close to a finals berth.

“It’s very frustrating to go so close, more so from knowing that we had the talent to probably do it,” Satterthwaite explained.

“I think we showed that at times we could take it to some of the big teams and then we let ourselves slip against what some people would consider the lower teams. You just can’t afford to do that and that lack of consistency is what probably hurt us in the end.”

The Renegades leading run scorer was happy with her season overall, but was disappointed that she “had a couple of opportunities to win the team games but couldn’t get them there.”

A highlight of the season came in the Renegades Super Over loss, where Satterthwaite hit the final ball of the regular innings for six to force the game into a Super Over.

Winning an equal team-high three player of the matches, Satterthwaite was an important figure in the Renegades squad.

She was also excited at the development of the young Renegades squad throughout WBBL|03.

“Absolutely, there’s 5 or 6 names that I could rattle off that are still really young and sometimes you just have to remind yourself at just how young they are,” she said.

“I’ve been really impressive with how they went and how they’re improving and it’s only going to continue the more cricket they play and the experience they get. So from our point of view it’s a really exciting place to be.”

Coach Coyle was full of praise for the new captain, enjoying the experience of working with the White Ferns international.

“Amy has been an outstanding recruit on all fronts, her leadership is very very good. She has a calm head, good cricket brain and obviously went out and executed her skills with the bat very well and obviously contributed with the ball,” Coyle said.

“We’re really happy with her, we just need support for the role she plays with the bat. I think we just didn’t have the people around her that could allow her to play her best game which is being that glue batter, probably a bit of the same way Rachael Haynes is for the Thunder, Ellyse Perry is for the Sixers – they can bat long periods of time.

“They can be scoring at a 100-110 strike rate, and up the ante when they need to, but she was placed in some situations where she had to do everything which was tough for her and her numbers were very good.”

Finishing the season, Satterthwaite pinpointed one word that the Renegades will be looking to improve ahead of WBBL|04.

“I think consistency is the biggest word that we have to use,” Satterthwaite suggested.

“You look at the teams that are in the finals and what they’re doing well and there’s a few things we could probably pinpoint, to be honest I think we are the top wicket taking team across the board but then we didn’t score enough runs and that’s what hurt us in the end.

“Obviously scoring more runs is what we need to do, there also were a few catches that we dropped throughout the season that were costly. The consistency across the board just has to improve.”