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Cadbury Match Moments: WBBL Hurricanes Lose Another Thriller

12 January 2019

Cadbury will be bringing Match Moments to life this season, celebrating the moments during and after each game - including match reports, milestones and player interviews...

Hurricanes Women Finish Their WBBL|04 Season With Cliffhanger

The Melbourne Renegades have hung onto a nail-biting three-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes Women to secure a spot in cricket's WBBL Finals for the first time.

Former Hurricane Amy Satterthwaite produced a fine captain's knock in the red and black scoring 66 from 57 balls including six boundaries and one maximum to inspire the Renegades to 6-146 before the Hurricanes were frustratingly held to 6-143 in a last-ball heart-stopper in St Kilda, Melbourne.

With the Hurricanes needing nine to win off the last over, the ever economical Molly Strano held her nerve and ultimately, with five required off the final ball or four to force a super over, Corinne Hall could only muster a single.

Hurricanes opener Erin Fazackerley (52 off 41) played the best innings of her life and together with Indian star Smriti Mandhana (26 off 26), bludgeoned the Renegades attack during the power play.

But the introduction of leg-spinner Georgia Wareham (1-23) - who started with a wicket maiden claiming the key scalp of Mandhana - boosted the home side.

Renegades quick Lea Tahuhu (1-18) sent Fazackerley's stumps flying before England captain Heather Knight fell for 28 off 26, although the Hurricanes were never out of the chase until the very end.

Earlier the Renegades had Satterthwaite, who far and away played her best knock of the season, to thank for pulling them out of some early strife.

England's World Cup winning left-arm spinner Alex Hartley (3-21) bowled the best when she picked up the early wickets of Danni Wyatt for a golden duck caught behind and Emma Inglis bowled for one, while Sophie Molineux was sharply run out for 18 by a quick Mandhana throw.

Satterthwaite steadied the innings with a sublime knock studded with a half dozen fours and a six.

She was the last wicket to fall with the score on 139 with Jess Duffin (30 off 22) - who was dropped early in her innings - providing the only tangible support during a fourth-wicket stand worth 46.

The Hurricanes will rue an expensive over from Rhiann O'Donnell which unfortunately went for 19, while the other five Hurricanes bowlers used remained pretty economical around the 6-8 per over mark.

Following the Adelaide Strikers' 30-run win over the Perth Scorchers Women in Alice Springs in Saturday's early match, the Renegades cannot be displaced from the Top Four.