Same teams, same line ups, same outcome at the toss and same result. There was also one great difference. Whereas Saturday’s game was a last ball thriller the Renegades won the second game of this double header with eight wickets in hand and twenty six balls to spare.
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Batting first after being sent in the Hurricanes opening pair of Erin Fazackerley and Meg Phillips survived the first over without any great alarms. The second over was a different story. Molly Strano with the new ball in hand bowled Fazarckerley for one with her first ball and later in the same over had Phillips caught at gully for six.
The Hurricanes were 2 for 8 and in need of a consolidating partnership. Nicola Carey and Heather Knight carefully took the score to 42 before Carey playing across the line was LBW to Maitlan Brown for 15. When Knight on 20 she edged a ball behind in the same over. The score was 4 for 43 and the Hurricanes were in trouble.
Fran Wilson and Corrinne Hall couldn’t repair the innings as they had done on Saturday, Wilson made 11 before hitting a ball from Leah Tahuhu straight to Maitlan Brown at mid wicket.
Big hitting Chloe Tryon wasn’t able to provide the impetus the innings needed and was out for 7 stumped by Jess Dooley off the bowling of Sophie Molinuex.
Corinne Hall did her best to hold the innings together but as she tried to force the pace the skipper hit the final ball of the sixteenth over to Maitlan Brown at long on off the bowling of Molly Strano. Strano finished with the excellent figures of 3 for 19 off her four overs.
The Hurricanes lower order couldn’t build any sort of partnership until Emily Smith and Maisy Gibson put on 25 runs for the ninth wicket. It was the second highest partnership of the innings and meant their team posted a total in excess of three figures. Gibson made 13 not out off 18 balls and Smith 13 not out off 13 balls.
The Hurricanes knew if they were going to defend a total of 108 everything would need to go right in the field.
Things started well when Belinda Vakawera took a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss Sophie Molineux for 12 in the 3rd over. Vakawera would finish with 2 for 16 off her four overs, an excellent effort against top class batters who were chasing a quick win.
At the other end Tayla Vlaeminck went for 11 runs off her first three balls and despite her best efforts couldn’t break through the Renegades top order.
The English pair Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt put on 72 runs for the second wicket without too many alarms. When the total was 84 Beaumont chipped a ball to Corninne Hall at mid-wicket and was out for 37 off 37 balls just when victory was in sight.
Wyatt and the Renegades skipper Jess Duffin polished off the target from there. The Renegades had the win with plenty of time to spare.
WBBL 05 doesn’t get any easier for the Hurricanes. They play the Sydney Sixers in Launceston on Wednesday in the knowledge that a string of wins is now essential to get back into finals contention.