Man of the Match: Molly Strano
Hobart Hurricanes need to quickly turn the tables against Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades Women to win!
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|Sydney Thunder Women||7||4||2||0||1||9||-0.195|
|Brisbane Heat Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.788|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||8||4||4||0||0||8||0.016|
|Sydney Sixers Women||6||4||2||0||0||8||-0.01|
|Perth Scorchers Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||-0.334|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||8||2||5||0||1||5||-0.141|
|Melbourne Stars Women||7||1||6||0||0||2||-0.698|
A day after playing out a nerve-racking game, Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will lock horns with each other for the second time in two days. On Saturday, it was Melbourne skipper Jess Duffin who led the way for her team yet again like she has done in the tournament until now. If not for her, the Renegades might have not even chased down the target of 151 off the very last ball. Both the teams had a similar pattern with respect to their batting on Saturday.
Melbourne skipper Jess Duffin won the toss and asked Hobart Hurricanes to bat first. The decision proved to be a superb one as they Hobart Hurricanes struggling at 40-4 until the visitors’ skipper Corinne Hall and Fran Wilson joined to forge a 92-run partnership. Eventually, with the help of a couple of powerful hits from Chloe Tryon, Hobart reached 150-5 after 20 overs. Such scores are never safe at the Junction Oval and Hobart needed a few early wickets to put themselves into the driver's seat. They got more than a few as just like how Hobart's inning panned out, Melbourne was also reduced to 53-4 after 8.1 overs. After that, it was the ever-reliable Jess Duffin who took the company of Courtney Webb to help her team get into safer waters. In the end, even though both Duffin and Webb fell in quick succession at the fag end of the chase, Georgia Wareham and Maitlan Brown displayed enough maturity to see their team home off the last delivery.
On the whole, even though Melbourne won the match, they wouldn’t be pleased to have taken it down to the last ball with the kind of batting line-up they have. The Renegades management would be worried at the fact that there has been too much pressure on Jess Duffin to do the bulk of the scoring. As for the Hobart Hurricanes, the end result wasn’t great but they would be relieved to see the likes of Fran Wilson and Corinne Hall contributing to the team's cause.
Melbourne are now in far better position after that win against Hobart Hurricanes. They have 6 points after 7 games but this doesn’t mean that they can afford to take things lightly because some other teams have a game in hand. With respect to the match against Hobart, things panned out just like it has been throughout the tournament. With the exception of Georgia Wareham who has been a big disappointment this season, the Renegades’ bowling attack were pretty professional with their display. At the same time, the team would just want the likes of Sophie Molineux and Tammy Beaumont to come to the party more often.
Sophie Molineux, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Josie Dooley (WK), Jess Duffin (C), Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown, Carly Lesson, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu.
Maitlan Brown, Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Molineux, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano, Josie Dooley, Tammy Beaumont, Carly Leeson, Courtney Webb, Jess Duffin, Georgia Wareham
Hobart Hurricanes badly need a win now as they are staring down the barrel after losing the first game against Melbourne Renegades. With just 5 points after 7 games, it isn’t a pretty picture for them. The unit as a whole has failed to fire at the same time. Only Heather Knight and Nicola Carey have fired with the bat while the bowling attack lacks penetration. It didn’t help that their leading wicket-taker Maisy Gibson couldn’t dismiss anyone on Saturday. Gibson, along with Tayla Vlaeminck and Belinda Vakarewa have to pick up regular wickets if Hobart are going to get one over Melbourne Renegades. With respect to the team composition, Hobart might look to make a couple of changes to bring in Sasha Moloney and Stefanie Daffara instead of Erin Fazackerley and Meg Phillips
Erin Fazackerley/Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips / Stefanie Daffara, Heather Knight, Nicola Carey, Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall (C), Chloe Tryon, Emily Smith (WK), Maisy Gibson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa.
Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall, Chloe Tryon, Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Heather Knight, Erin Fazackerley, Emily Smith, Meg Phillips
Both the teams weren’t at their best with the bat as the Junction Oval remains to be a very good batting wicket. The wicket plays very true and all the batswomen should enjoy themselves unless rain makes the pitch spicy. There is said to be 70% chance of rain in and around the south-east suburbs of Melbourne.
This has been a low scoring venue generally. The average first innings score ranges between 135-145. Spinners and Pacers who have good variations generally find success at this venue. Batsmen need to spend time at the crease in order to succeed.
Going by how the wicket played on Saturday, chasing is the most obvious choice for either of the captain’s. It should also be the lone option for Hobart Hurricanes as they need to shield their bowling attack.
Hobart Hurricanes will be desperate for a win in this match, but will that be enough for them to get a victory. Melbourne Renegades would be the favorites in this game. Given the fact, The Renegades won the last game between the two sides, played a couple of days ago, they would go into this game with higher moral.
Melbourne Renegades Women to win!