Melbourne Renegades set to take on Hobart Hurricanes with one eye on a top 4 spot!
Melbourne Renegades to win the match!
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|Adelaide Strikers Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.434|
|Sydney Sixers Women||5||4||1||0||0||8||0.254|
|Brisbane Heat Women||6||3||3||0||0||6||0.687|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||7||3||4||0||0||6||-0.192|
|Perth Scorchers Women||6||3||3||0||0||6||-0.469|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||7||2||4||0||1||5||0.097|
|Melbourne Stars Women||6||1||5||0||0||2||-0.698|
We are almost at the halfway stage of this WBBL season and things are heating up very quickly as the teams try to qualify for the semi-finals. The match between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will be yet another important fixture with the 5th and 6th placed sides taking on each other. Even though both teams would have preferred to have had results until now, one could say that Melbourne Renegades would be coming into this encounter as favorites.
The Renegades have been unlucky to not have a win in their last three matches as all of those games went down to the wire. In their most recent fixture, the Melbourne-based side lost to Sydney Sixers off the penultimate ball. As has been the case throughout the tournament, skipper Jess Duffin came up with some runs to help Renegades reach a respectable 120-8 after 20 overs.
However, the total wasn’t enough as Ellyse Perry's steady 45 off 50 balls took the Sydney Sixers home. On the other hand, Hobart Hurricanes are coming off a relatively heavy defeat against the Sydney Thunder. Heather Knight's 77 was overpowered by a superb knock from Rachel Priest and other useful contributions from the Thunder batswomen as the team reached home with 11 balls to spare.
It says something about the competitive nature of the Women’s Big Bash League that Melbourne Renegades find themselves at the 6th position even after playing decent cricket. Skipper Jess Duffin has led from the front with 190 runs from 5 knocks while English-batswoman Danielle Wyatt has also had a decent tournament with a couple of the fifties to her name. Apart from the duo though, Renegades' batting hasn't had much to write home about.
The team will hope for the likes of Tammy Beaumont and Sophie Molineux to fire soon. Molineux, in particular, has been a massive let down at the top of the order with just 62 runs from 6 matches. This has been a far cry for her when compared to her successful season last year. On the bowling front too, Molineux has had a very average tournament with her going wicketless in the last two games. It has been Maitlan Brown and Molly Strano who have led the way with the ball with 9 and six wickets respectively. From the above stats, one could get an inkling that Melbourne Renegades have relied on very few players and this has meant that the team hasn’t done well so far. The trio of Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham and Beaumont have been the biggest disappointments so far. The match against Hobart might just be the game for them to return to form.
S Molineux, D Wyatt, T Beaumont, J Duffin (C), J Dooley (WK), G Wareham, M Brown, C Leeson, M Strano, L Tahuhu.
Maitlan Brown, Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Molineux, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano, Tammy Beaumont, Carly Leeson, Courtney Webb, Jess Duffin, Georgia Wareham, Josie Dooley
Just like the results, the individual performances of the Hurricanes players have also mirrored their upcoming opponent in terms of only a few standing up for their team until now. England captain Heather Knight and all-rounder Nicola Carey's contributions with the bat have failed to muster up some positive results as they have lacked support. After coming in with a lot of expectation, South African import Chloe Tryon could be termed as the most disappointing player for the Hurricanes.
Yes, another foreign signing in Fran Wilson has come up with even more disappointing returns but much was expected of Tryon's big-hitting abilities. With the ball, young leg-spinner leads the WBBL charts with 9 wickets from 5 outings and that has made her a player to watch out for through the rest of the tournament.
Apart from her, Nicola Carey and left-arm seamer Belinda Vakarewa have done well but the Hurricanes' bowling attack can be said to be lacking some star quality. This has been the biggest weakness for the Hurricanes as they have not been able to pick up wickets during important situations.
F Wilson, M Phillips, H Knight, N Carey, E Fazackerley, C Tryon, C Hall (C), M Gibson, E Smith (WK), T Vlaeminck, B Vakarewa.
Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Emily Smith, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Erin Fazackerley, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Fran Wilson, Nicola Carey, Meg Phillips
The Junction Oval in Melbourne has always produced some great batting tracks and Saturday should be no different. However, interestingly two of the three matches to have been played there have had moderate totals. With rain predicted on match-day, the pitch might be a tricky to play on.
Home of the Victoria Bushrangers, the Junction Oval in Melbourne has become a pretty popular venue for domestic matches in the last few years. Part of the reason for it’s regular usage was a major development process in 2018 and ever since that Cricket Australia have used it to host Sheffield Shield matches and domestic one-day and T20 matches. With a capacity of 7000, the stadium is a compact and beautiful one. The compact nature of it also ensures that batsmen tend to score a lot of runs due to the short boundaries.
Not just because of the beautiful batting conditions on offer, chasing the target should be the preferred option for both teams as D/L method tends to favour the team which bats second.
This particular encounter is a pretty difficult one to call with two equally matched sides locking horns with each other. However, it seems like the Melbourne Renegades have to come to the party with their star-studded team and that day could just be Saturday. Containing the likes of Danielle Wyatt, Jess Duffin and Tammy Beaumont would be too much to handle for the young Hurricanes bowling attack.
Melbourne Renegades to win the match!