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WBBL Mid-season review

10 January 2018

There are plenty of positives in the Melbourne Renegades opening half of their third Rebel Women’s Big Bash campaign, according to Coach Tim Coyle.

The Renegades are currently sitting just outside the top four, with four wins from eight games and are continuing to push for a maiden finals berth in WBBL|03.


Coyle has been pleased with the opening eight games, but knows there has been patches that could’ve been better.


“There’s been some really good things and I’ve thought that we have played some really good cricket,” Coyle said.


“In saying that, I think we’ve mixed our form and missed a couple of opportunities – losing to the Strikers by one run and then the last game against the Stars, which was a game where we went in with a lot of confidence but just missed an opportunity.”



With three of the four losses having occurred in the last over, Coyle believes it does give the squad confidence knowing that they haven’t been far off.


“I think we could’ve won the games that we’ve lost, we’re not having bad losses so that does give us some confidence,” Coyle said.


“It’s still a work in progress to play that perfect game that everyone is searching for when batting, bowling and fielding all come together.


“The pattern has been that we can get a couple of areas of our game going well, but we slip up in one area. It’s all about putting it all together and we’ve got a nice little preparation period leading up to the Hobart games which are important for us.”


Coyle still believes finals is well on the Renegades radar if they can gain some momentum towards the backend of the competition.


“Finals is absolutely still the goal,” Coyle said.



“Without looking too far ahead – and we’re trying not to do that now, but we’ve got to win games and build some momentum which is really important in T20 cricket.


“In the competition as it is set up, if you get some momentum for an extended point of time you can get yourself winning against opposition at any time and that’s the theme for us.”


An even bowling performance from the bowlers has been a real positive, with past years having seen off-spinner Molly Strano relied upon to take the majority of the team’s wickets.


Lea Tahuhu (nine wickets), Molly Strano (nine), Maitlan Brown (eight), Hayley Jensen (seven) and Amy Satterthwaite (seven) have all contributed when required throughout the innings.


“Our bowling unit were challenged in the first game that had 200 scored against us but we’ve bowled very well since,” Coyle said.


“Multiple players taking wickets is a real bonus, and we’ve brought our economy rate down.


“It’s been the theme from day one that we know that we need to have 15 contributors and if you get the opportunity to play, you get the opportunity to contribute.”


Despite the strong work from the bowlers, Coyle suggests the Renegades fielding is an area that can be improved.


“We probably haven’t supported our bowlers in the field, with catching being a little untidy at times, but that is a work in progress,” he said.


The break has come at a good time for the Renegades, with eight days off before the Renegades face the Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday at Blundstone Arena.


“The break has come at a good time,” Coyle said.


“Typically, you get a few sore bodies and some tired people, so to be able to have a bit of a break, refresh and rethink – it also gives us some time to plan and do a review – which we’ve done.


“Now it’s all about getting two days of preparation and then jumping on the plane and getting to Hobart and playing our best cricket down there and win the two games.”