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MATCH DAY PREVIEW WBBL - Hobart Hurricanes vs. Melbourne Renegades

12 January 2019

As the end of the season arrives, the Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to give it everything they’ve got in their clash against the Melbourne Renegades at Junction Oval in Melbourne. But chasing victory will be no easy feat as they come off two losses against the Adelaide Strikers. The squad has not been disheartened by this, going into the match positive and looking to prove themselves worthy of a win.

 

The loss against the Strikers earlier in the week is no accurate reflection of their performance, after chasing down a total of 189 to go to a super over. In a thrilling match to watch they came away devastated, but a commendable effort to all members of the squad. Fantastic performances from Heather Knight, Smriti Mandhana and Georgia Redmayne contributed to their totals, all scoring over 50 runs. But unfortunately, it was not enough to defeat the Strikers.

 

#TasmaniasTeam are still currently placed in 8th position on the WBBL ladder as they take on the 4th placed Renegades. With the Melbourne squad coming off a loss against the Sydney Thunder, it will be necessary for the Hurricanes to capitalise on this and raise the pressure. The renegades will need to win their final two matches to be eligible for finals. It is likely that the Hurricanes squad will be focused upon maintaining partnerships and figuring out what targeted bowling will be needed to chase this victory down and grasp success.

 

The fierce rivalry between the two clubs is set to bring forth a great battle, with both squads looking to dominate and pursue a victory worthy of celebration.

 

 

Hurricanes to watch:

 

Erin Fazackerley has without a doubt proven her value as a rising star of women’s cricket in Australia. Standing at more than 180cm tall, the 20-year-old has developed a very talented reputation. She has had many achievements in the short time she’s been on the scene including debuting in the WBBL for the Hobart Hurricanes, playing cricket for Tasmania and representing the Governor-Generals XI against England. Her ability to ball fast and with bounce never fails to go unnoticed, but she’s also extremely talented with the bat. In the WBBL|04 season opener she made 38 off just 16 balls, a statistic that has many in awe and excitement of what she will be capable of in the future.

 

Rhiann O’Donnell is another rising star of the WBBL, making her way through the ranks with unstoppable force. The right-handed batsman played her was through the Victorian high performances pathway, succeeding in impressing many selectors. Dominating at all youth championships, the right arm medium then had great success at Premier cricket as well. She was named in the Premier Cricket All-Stars Under-23 team, strengthening her position as a rising star.  She is a player that was welcomed to the Hurricanes at the start of the year, and we look forward to seeing what she is capable of in today’s match.

 

Hobart Hurricanes squad:

Sasha Moloney (C)
Brooke Hepburn (VC)
Stefanie Daffara
Ashley Day
Erin Fazackerley
Katelyn Fryett
Corinne Hall
Alex Hartley
Heather Knight
Smriti Mandhana
Rhiann O’Donnell
Veronica Pyke
Georgia Redmayne

 

Melbourne Renegades Squad:

Amy Satterthwaite (C)
Maitlan Brown
Zoe Cooke
Jess Duffin
Claire Koski
Erica Kershaw
Emma Inglis
Anna Lanning
Sophie Molineux
Molly Strano
Lea Tahuhu
Georgia Wareham
Courtney Webb
Danni Wyatt

 

Match Details:
Saturday 12 January 2019 at Junction Oval, Melbourne, 1.00 pm (Local time)
WBBL Melbourne Renegades vs. Hobart Hurricanes

The match will be streamed live on cricket.com.au