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REBEL WBBL|04

WBBL Team of the Tournament

01 February 2019

There’s been a lot to celebrate for the Melbourne Renegades’ WBBL team this season

Not only did the team reach the finals for the first time since the competition’s inception in 2015 but there have been a host of individual achievements as well.

Georgia Wareham was named the Rebel Young Gun of the Year for WBBL|04 – an award that was also taken out by a Sophie Molineux in WBBL|03.

Molly Strano (11th) and Molineux (12th) were also named in the WBBL|04 Team of the Tournament, the Australian Cricketers’ Association 2018-19 WBBL All Star Team of the Year (a team that is voted on by the players) and the Fox Cricket Team of the Tournament.

 

Molly Strano

Matches: 15

Bowling: 19 wickets at 17.52, economy rate of 6.42, best of 4-21

Player of the Match:

vs Brisbane Heat @ Geelong Cricket Ground, 16/12/2018 

Strano was the leading wicket-taker for the Renegades in WBBL|04, and also collected the second highest number of wickets (19) in the WBBL at an economy rate of 6.42. She established a reputation as an efficient bowler and death-bowling specialist, highlighted by her willingness to bowl the final over against the Hurricanes, which secured the Renegades a 3-run win and a spot in their first-ever finals campaign. 

Strano has played every single one of the Renegades’ 57 WBBL games since the club’s inception in 2015 and this season became the first-ever Renegades’ WBBL player to play 50 games when the Renegades hosted crosstown rivals the Melbourne Stars in a thrilling one-wicket win at Marvel Stadium on December 29.

Voted as the Renegades’ Player of the Season in both WBBL|01 and WBBL|02, Strano is sure to rank highly in the votes again this year. 

 

Sophie Molineux

Matches: 14

Batting: 354 runs at 29.50, strike rate of 114.56, high score of 78*

Bowling: 16 wickets at 21.37, economy rate of 6.97, best of 2-18

Player of the Match:

vs Melbourne Stars @ MCG, 01/01/2019

vs Hobart Hurricanes @ GMHBA Stadium, 03/01/2019

vs Brisbane Heat @ Harrup Park, 06/01/2019 

The WBBL|03 Young Gun recipient and T20 World Champion hit a purple patch in the New Year, notching 148 runs and three Player of the Match performances in the first three games of 2019.  This included an unbeaten 78 against the Melbourne Stars on New Years’ Day, the highest individual WBBL score posted at the MCG to date.

At 21 years of age, Molineux also became the fourth player in WBBL history to score 300 runs and take 15 wickets in a season.

After debuting for the Renegades during their inaugural season aged 17, this season Molineux became just the second WBBL player behind Strano to play 50 games in red.

As well as receiving various Team of the Tournament accolades, Molineux finished in equal fourth position in the WBBL|04 Player of the Tournament voting.  Molineux tied with Meg Lanning and Sammy-Jo Johnson on 23 votes; Ellyse Perry took out the title with 38 votes.