After losing the bat flip and being sent into bat, things didn’t start well for the Hurricanes, with Rachel Priest departing early, falling victim to a second-ball duck.
Not perturbed by the less-than-ideal start, after recovering from illness and being promoted back up the order, teenager Ruth Johnston combined with South African veteran, Mignon du Preez, for an impressive 120-run partnership, leaving the Renegades flawed.
Johnston notched up her first-ever WBBL half-century, and du Preez followed suit shortly afterwards, before departing for a well-made 50 runs off 46 deliveries.
Johnston departed the following over for what turned out to me a match-winning innings of 63, notched at a strike rate of 136.96, but the Hurricanes were not fazed; it simply provided an opportunity for Naomi Stalenberg to chime in with an impressive cameo of 21 runs off 12.
At the conclusion of their allotted 20 overs, the Hurricanes finished on 5-161, setting the Renegades a challenging but achievable total of 162 to win.
Disaster also loomed for the Hurricanes in the first over of the second innings, when du Preez put down danger woman, Jemimah Rodrigues, in the first over of the match. Luckily, no major damage was caused, with Rodrigues being dismissed in the eighth over for 19.
Despite some errors, it was a largely faultless performance from the Hurricanes with the ball and in the field, with only four ‘Gades reaching double figures. Besides Rodrigues, Ellie Falconer top-scored for the Renegades with an impressive and unbeaten knock of 24 off just 12 deliveries, whilst Jess Duffin reached 17, and Courtney Webb – on return from injury – 14.
The ‘Canes shared the spoils with the ball around, with five bowlers pitching in on the score sheet. Sasha Moloney was the best with the ball, finishing with figures of 3-17 off just three overs, whilst Tayla Vlaeminck (2-23 off four) and Ruth Johnston (2-17 off four) also chimed in with multiple scalps to their name.
In the end, the ‘Canes took the final wicket of the match with two overs to spare.
With 63 runs, two wickets and a run out to her name, Ruth Johnston was deservedly awarded Player of the Match.
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