The Hobart Hurricanes have gone down to the Melbourne Renegades for the very first time on Sunday, despite a positive start with bat in hand.
The Renegades, who won the toss and elected to field, emerged comfortable 10-wicket winners out of the clash, after a spirited bowling comeback and near faultless batting display overpowered the Hurricanes.
Hayley Matthews and Stefanie Daffara got the Hurricanes off to a flying start early, reaching 0/62 after 10 overs, the second highest opening partnership in the history of the WBBL Hurricanes.
Matthews’ run-a-ball 40 included six boundaries, and as the highest score by a Hurricane in the WBBL this season, the West Indian star looked to have laid the platform for a defendable total to be set.
Daffara was more than handy at the other end, settling into her innings before striking a couple of boundaries on her way to a 28-ball 27.
However, when Leah Tahuhu got the breakthrough of Hayley Matthews in the 11th over, the Hurricanes were never able to bounce back, losing all 10 wickets within the space of eight overs, and for just 38 runs.
The Hurricanes looked to up the run rate with so many wickets left in hand, but three LBW dismissals painted a picture of batters playing across the line as the Renegades continued to build pressure and take vital wickets as a result.
Tahuhu was impressive in her spell, finishing with 2-14 from four overs, while Maitlan Brown (3-28) and Amy Satterthwaite (2-10) also did most of the damage for the Renegades.
The Renegades made no mistake in pursuit of the Hurricanes’ total of 100, with Sophie Molineux’s near faultless 53 not out and Emma Inglis’ unbeaten 42 steering the Renegades to a convincing 10-wicket victory.
The Hurricanes were always going to be up against it in defence of 100, but some wayward bowling at times did nothing to make the task any easier as the Renegades reached 0/102 in 11.3 overs.
Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers for the Hurricanes, doing her best to restrict the Renegades openers to finish with 0-25 from her four overs.