The convincing 10-wicket victory now lifts the Renegades to fifth position on the table, with a win in tomorrow’s return clash enough to see the ‘Gades jump back into the top four.
After a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Stars in last week’s derby match, fast bowler Lea Tahuhu said the Renegades knew that they needed to lift.
“It was really disappointing and the girls took that on board,” Tahuhu explained.
“We had a few honest chats with each other and being able to come out and get a win like that today was important, but we’ve got to be able to back that up again tomorrow.”
After captain Amy Satterthwaite won her seventh toss for the season, the Renegades fielded first and were on the back foot with the Hurricanes sitting pretty at 0-62 after 10 overs.
“To be honest we were pretty calm out there (despite not having taken a wicket), we knew that if we could get one it might bring more and that’s exactly what happened.” Tahuhu said.
When the New Zealand international removed the dangerous West Indian all-rounder Hayley Matthews for 40, the Renegades swept through the remainder of the Hurricanes batting line up, as all 10 Hurricanes wickets fell in the space of 51 deliveries for just 38 runs – with the Hurricanes bowled out for an even 100.
“We thought as a bowling unit we had a pretty simple plan and the pleasing thing was that we stuck to that,” Tahuhu said.
“Even when they were 0-62, being able to bowl them out for 100 was a pretty nice feeling walking off.”
In the three games that Tahuhu has come up against Matthews in the WBBL, she has dismissed her on every occasion.
“We’ve got a bit of history with Hayley and I, which is pleasing for me as I seem to be on the right side of it,” Tahuhu said.
“She is a quality player and we’ll have to go back and have a look at plans as she obviously got away from us a bit today.
“But we’ll look at that and come out tomorrow and hopefully knock her off early.”
Having missed the Renegades’ Super Over victory against the Sydney Sixers a fortnight ago, Tahuhu was just “happy to be back and contributing well to the group.”
It wasn’t just the bowling aspect that was impressive in the Renegades performance, but their fielding effort that saw multiple run outs occur was outstanding.
“It’s something that we strive for, to be known for our fielding and our run outs – so to be able to get two in a game is pretty pleasing.” Tahuhu said.
Mid-week Tim Coyle suggested that a “big score was coming” for Sophie Molineux and the talented teenager was able to find the boundary with ease in the Renegades run chase, scoring an unbeaten 53 off 40 balls – earning her player of the match honours for the second time this season.
Not a bad day for @SophieMolineux1!
✅- 10 wicket win
✅- 102 run opening partnership
✅- Pass 500 career runs
✅- First Renegades 50
✅- Player of the match
The White Ferns fast bowler knows that despite the easy victory, there are aspects of the game where the Renegades could improve.
“Nothing’s ever perfect, but in saying that we had them 0-62 in 10 overs, I think we would like to get an early wicket, if not two or three,” she said.
“So we’ll be looking at that now it’s done and have a think about it and get ready for tomorrow.”