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06 December 2017

The Renegades have had a final hit-out before opening their WBBL season on Wednesday, playing a practice match against Perth Scorchers at Blacktown International Sportspark.

With the squad only coming together on Monday, it was the first opportunity for the Renegades to play as a team.

Experienced Renegades batter Kris Britt led the way with 39 not out in the middle order, with her innings including six boundaries. In her first knock in Australian conditions, Sri Lankan international Chamari Atapattu scored 22 at the top of the order.

New signings Emma Inglis (15) and Jess Duffin (15) also showed glimpses to suggest that they will be important players in red this summer. 

The practice match gave coach Tim Coyle the chance to see the Renegades team run out for the first time as a unit.

“It was good to get out and actually play some cricket as a team,” Coyle said.

“We had a few niggling injuries which meant we couldn’t put our best team on the park but that’s ok, because it gave some others opportunity.”

After a delayed start due to the rain, the Renegades managed to post 5-107 from their 20 overs.

It was off-spinner Molly Strano, whose golden arm got the innings off to a fine start, dismissing Australian international Elyse Villani on the first ball of the innings.

Strano’s impressive work with the ball continued throughout the contest, dismissing Nicole Bolton in her second over, finishing her four over spell with 3-15, as the clear best bowler on the day.

Claire Koski bowled with good pace with the new ball, while fellow off-spinners Atapattu (0-24) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (1-15) bowled with good control, putting pressure on the Scorchers middle order throughout their innings.

Although the Scorchers reached the target with six wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare, there was plenty of promising signs for the Renegades squad.

“We didn’t score enough runs despite a good start. We took the game into the 19th over with the ball and there were some really good signs,” Coyle said.

“There’s plenty of room for improvement before the game on Saturday but we’re really looking forward to it.”

The Renegades now have a rest day before facing the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval in the opening match of the season live on Network Ten this Saturday from 1.45pm. 

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