Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hurricanes got off to a solid start, with first-gamer Ruth Johnston displaying her power in the early overs while captain Rachel Priest adopted a supporting role. Unfortunately, Johnston fell for 20 in the fifth over, before Mignon Du Preez departed shortly after scoring her 1500th WBBL run.
The Canes’ batters followed a similar pattern in the middle order, with Priest and new signing Richa Ghosh finding the boundary but failing to convert their starts into more meaningful scores, both departing with totals of 21 , leaving the Hurricanes at 4-73.
When Nicola Carey (8) and Sasha Moloney (0) fell cheaply the Canes innings looked in real peril at 6-95, but Naomi Stalenberg dug in to steady the team in purple, adding 28 valuable runs off 27 balls before being run out. The Canes went into the sheds with a total of 121, giving the bowlers something to defend.
Welcoming back Tayla Vlaeminck after missing last season due to injury, and adding new bowler Molly Strano into the mix, the Canes managed to restrict early damage before a sensational piece of fielding from Richa Ghosh ran out the dangerous Sophie Molineux.
The Renegades settled into a comfortable rhythm despite some excellent bowling from Vlaeminck, adding 68 runs without loss before Belinda Vakarewa took matters into her own hands, striking twice in the fourteenth over to remove Jemimah Rodrigues and Courtney Webb, claiming her 50th WBBL wicket in the process.
Suddenly the Renegades looked shaky, and when Amy Smith had Eve Jones caught by Ghosh just a couple of overs later, the Hurricanes could see an opening. The Renegades suddenly needed 26 runs off 4 overs at 4-96, and good bowling from Strano and Carey kept the pressure on.
With just two overs to go and the Renegades needing 13 runs, Nicola Carey appeared to have Harmanpreet Kaur out plumb LBW, but the appeals fell on deaf ears and the Renegades managed to find the remaining runs with four balls to spare.
The Renegades ran out six wicket winners in the end, whilst the Hurricanes will look towards their second match of the season tomorrow morning.
With the Hurricanes clash with the Sixers being moved forward to accommodate the Scorchers last arrival into Hobart, the first ball will be bowled at 10.15am tomorrow, with the match available to be broadcast on Channel 7, Fox Cricket, ABC Sport and Kayo Sports.
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