Melbourne Renegades look to extend Melbourne Stars’ misery!
Melbourne Renegades to win the match!
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It’s the Melbourne derby and looks like another one-sided affair is on the cards.
Melbourne Stars simply haven’t been able to win anything while the Melbourne Renegades have some nice momentum going to the back half of the tournament. After a decent start, the Renegades stumbled and crashed to three successive losses. They seemed to compensate that a touch by winning three on the bounce soon after. They beat the Hobart Hurricanes twice before stealing a win against the Sydney Sixers off the final ball, thanks to Courtney Webb’s last-ball six. But they hit a roadblock again as they lost narrowly lost to table-toppers Brisbane Heat.
On the other hand, the Melbourne Stars have lost nine out of their 10 games. And it’s not that they are losing by close margins. Some of the margins have been very heavy and in the last five games, they’ve lost by nine wickets twice and by 17 runs, 45 runs, and 57 runs. The batting and bowling haven’t clicked together at all. The Stars are staring at a wooden spoon finish this year.
Batting first has been a bit of an issue for the Melbourne Renegades. They have failed to defend even one score and all their five wins have come in chases. England star Danielle Wyatt has been excellent this season for the Renegades. She has aggregated 322 runs at an average of 40.25. Moreover, she is striking at 125.29 in this WBBL.
Skipper Jessica Duffin has been very good too. She has scored 286 runs and has a strike-rate of almost 135. Tammy Beaumont has failed to convert starts and has also not been able to force the pace. Upcoming Aussie talent Sophie Molineux has been a replaced by Makinley Blows, due to mental health issues. Molineux has scored just 101 runs at an average of 10.10. Molly Strano and Maitlan Brown have shouldered the bulk of the bowling responsibility.
They have taken 15 and 13 wickets respectively and have pretty good strike-rates as well. Lea Tahuhu may not have picked up a lot of wickets but she’s been very economical. She has taken seven wickets at an economy of 5.68.
Makinley Blows, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Josephine Dooley (WK), Courtney Webb, Jessica Duffin (C), Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu
Anna Lanning, Maitlan Brown, Danielle Wyatt, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano, Josie Dooley, Tammy Beaumont, Carly Leeson, Courtney Webb, Jess Duffin, Georgia Wareham
The Melbourne Stars batting line-up has blown hot and cold but it’s largely the bowling that has lacked teeth. Despite the batters putting up some decent scores, the bowling attack has failed to defend scores and have conceded easy wins.
Madeline Penna has by far been the best bowler for the Stars. She has picked up 10 wickets from eight games but has been on the expensive side. Erin Osborne was effective in the first few games but has lost the fizz. She hasn’t really contributed a lot with the bat either. Lizelle Lee, Elyse Villani and Mignon du Preez is a solid top three to have. But skipper Villani has been inconsistent as she has scored three fifties but also has quite a few low scores.
Lee has been the premier run-getter. She has 327 runs and is striking at 128.23. du Preez is the only other batter to amass more than 300 runs in the season for the Stars. The likes of Annabel Sutherl and Nicole Faltum have been disappointing and have contributed very little.
Lizelle Lee, Elyse Villani (C & WK), Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Erin Osborne, Alana King, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Madeline Penna, Nicola Hancock, Holly Ferling
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Nicole Faltum, Erin Osborne, Holly Ferling, Lizelle Lee, Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Maddie Penna, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani, Tess Flintoff, Mignon du Preez
The weather is going to be fair with quite a lot of sunshine. The temperatures are expected to be in the low teens. There is no rain around either and it won’t be humid either. The pitch at the Eastern Oval in Ballarat will be an unknown factor. This is the only game at the venue this season.
We don’t see a lot of cricket at the Eastern Oval in Ballarat. Every season, it hosts only a few domestic games. As far as the WBBL is concerned, last year, this venue hosted one game where rain played spoilsport. This year is the same as well. This is the one and only game which will be played at this venue.
Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars have preferred to chase in this tournament. With the pitch being a bit of an unknown factor, both teams will want to bowl first and assess how the conditions will play. It won’t be a surprise if both teams opt to chase.
Melbourne Stars are on a five-match losing streak and it looks like it might get longer. They haven’t been able to get their act together with bat or ball and haven’t clicked together as a unit.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Renegades have been pretty good after those three consecutive games. Hence, they will start this game as favorites and a win will help them break into the top four for the moment.
Melbourne Renegades to win the match!