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Bring on WBBL|04

01 February 2018

Finals is solely on the agenda for WBBL|04 according to Melbourne Renegades WBBL coach Tim Coyle.

With the Renegades requiring a win from their final game of WBBL|03 to progress to their maiden finals berth, last season’s grand finalists the Perth Scorchers came out winners by four-wickets.

“We’ve got to play finals in WBBL|04,” Coyle exclaimed.

“From my point of view, if it’s not on your agenda, there’s no point in turning up. We were certainly hell bent on it this year and whether it was the pressure of wanting or needing to play finals was too much. I’m not too sure – I don’t think it should be, it’s why we play the game.

“If you’re here just to make up the numbers, what is the point. I think we’ve got a team that is good enough to play finals, but we’ve got to improve on a number of fronts and that will be the challenge in the offseason for the off-field people, the management of the organisation and we’ve got to look at what worked and what didn’t and how we get better.”

The Renegades went into the final day of the home and away season requiring a win against the Scorchers – while they also needed the 2nd placed Sydney Thunder to defeat the 5th placed Brisbane Heat.

After being sent in to bat, the Renegades faltered at the end of their innings scoring 112 – with the Scorchers able to chase the score down with 23 balls to spare.

“It was disappointing we didn’t get into the finals, we obviously had a shot at reaching that goal but we needed to play well on Sunday,” Coyle said.

“We didn’t bring our best game to the table and you know we obviously got the result we deserve.

“In the end, we just didn’t play well enough under pressure in that last game.”

In a disappointing turn of results for the Renegades, they lost 3 out of their 4 games against the two lowest ranked teams in the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes.

“The nature of T20 cricket suggests that that can happen,” Coyle explained.

“At the end of the day, win one of those games against one of the lower ranked teams that’s enough, so it still wouldn’t have been good, but it would’ve been enough.

“We had an opportunity, a Super Over situation that we should never have got to and losing the game in Hobart wasn’t good enough either, low totals batting again it just was our nemeses in the end.”

In a season that saw the Renegades claim the most wickets in the competition (91), they were in 7th place on total runs scored, with only the last placed Hobart Hurricanes lower.

“We underachieved in some areas with our batting, the key batters didn’t score enough runs – it’s quiet simple, you can look at whatever numbers, it just wasn’t good enough,” Coyle said.

“We started with 189 in our first game chasing 200 and it looked really good, and that’s the nature of T20 cricket that it can change.

“Execution of our plans under pressure would be the thing that we need to get better at, as we got through the tournament, 120 became a mountain to climb which is something we need to address with our batting group.”

Despite missing out on the season, there were some positives in the coach’s eyes coming into the season where he wanted the players to play “The Renegades Way”.

“We had some really good ideas, plans and strategies in place which worked for us, there were some highlights for us in the season when those things worked and it was really good,” Coyle said.

“That weekend against the Brisbane Heat was where we really dominated and that was the Renegades way. There were other times when we fought really hard in games, obviously the game in Geelong which was interesting at the time, but the actual brand of cricket we played against the best team in the competition at that stage was excellent, so there were some really good examples of it.” 

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