After needing just three off the last over to win the game Renegades number eight batter Georgia Wareham got her team home with a boundary behind square leg off the last ball. Nicola Carey bowled the final over for the Hurricanes and she nearly did enough to steal an unlikely win but it was not to be.
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Earlier Renegades captain Jess Duffin won the toss and elected to bowl. The Hurricanes top order couldn’t get going against tight bowling and when the scoreboard read four for 40 in the eighth over a partnership was needed.
Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall and English import Fran Wilson set about rebuilding the innings. Patiently at first and then with increasing confidence they pushed the scoreboard along. Hall was particularly inventive scoring runs all-round the wicket, Wilson’s stroke play was polished and the pair ran between the wickets with good intent. Wilson was out off the last ball of the 17th over caught behind off Molly Strano for an excellent 45 off 36 balls. She and Hall put on 92 for the fifth wicket and the innings was in much better shape.
Chloe Tryon then joined the Hurricanes skipper and the pair raised the final total to 150. Tryon with some trademark lusty blows scored 12 off 8 balls, Hall finished with 50 not our off 34 balls, an excellent captain’s knock.
At total of 150 looked like an excellent recovery and the Hurricanes took to the field on a cold and grey Melbourne afternoon looking for early wickets.
They couldn’t have hoped for a better start. Star all-rounder Sophie Molineux was caught behind off Belinda Vackawera’s third ball of the innings and the Hurricanes had a crucial wicket without a run being on the board.
Tammy Beaumont was LBW to Vakawera for two when the total was twelve, shortly after Danni Wyatt was well caught at deep cover by Nicola Carey off the bowling of Tayla Vlaeminck for 5. The Renegades were 3 for 12 and the Hurricanes looked to be on top.
Josie Dooley and Jess Duffin then set about repairing the Renegades innings. Dooley was dropped by Heather Knight at slip of Vlaeminck before she had scored. It was a sharp chance but had that catch been taken the Hurricanes might have been able to really seize control of the game.
Dooley had made eight and the total had moved on to 53 before she was LBW to the first ball Meg Phillips bowled in the game. The Renegades total was four for 53 at the start of the ninth over.
That was as strong a position as the Hurricanes held in the game. Jess Duffin then set about regaining the momentum for her team with a calculated counter attacking innings. She found an able supporting partner in Courtney Webb.
Duffin decided to go after Meg Phillips and hit the young all-rounder for consecutive sixes in her second over. You could sense the confidence of the Hurricanes ebbing away as Duffin and Webb found the gaps and the boundary with increasing ease.
Duffin was eventually caught at wide long on by Fazackerley off Phillips for 78. It was a fine innings that lasted 45 balls and included four sixes.
The Hurricanes scrambled hard in the field but looked increasingly in need of a minor miracle to win the game.
When three runs were needed of the last over the Hurricanes were hoping for the best. Nicola Carey rose to the occasion with two dot balls to start the over, she then took a stunning catch from her own bowling to dismiss Courtney Web for 33.
Maitlan Brown and Georgia Wareham held their nerve but only just. The Renegades had the win.
The Hurricanes have another chance tomorrow. They’ll be desperate to snap a five game winless streak. They have the talent and the skill to do it. It’ll be another high stakes game at St Kilda on Sunday...