Harmanpreet, Webb and Hayward mix as Renegades thump Strikers

Melbourne Renegades 167 for 3 (Webb 49*, Harmanpreet 43*) beat Adelaide Strikers 86 (McGrath 31, Harmanpreet 2-11, Hayward 2-18)

A decisive 93-run stand between Courtney Webb and Harmanpreet Kaur adopted by a artful bowling show led by Ella Hayward and Hayley Matthews helped Melbourne Renegades to a thumping upset win over defending WBBL champions Adelaide Strikers on the Junction Oval.

Webb made 49 not out and Harmanpreet remained unbeaten on 43 because the pair managed the second half of Renegades’ innings in opposition to a formidable Strikers bowling unit to put up a aggressive 167 for 3 after being despatched into bat.

Renegades spinners, led by Hayward and Matthews within the powerplay, in addition to Sarah Coyte strangled Strikers within the chase. The trio picked up two wickets every and Coyte produced a surprising direct-hit run out off her personal bowling to dismiss Bridget Patterson as Strikers’ chase by no means gained any momentum in opposition to the disciplined bowling efficiency.

Renegades’ batting show was regular with out being spectacular. They had been aided by some shoddy Strikers fielding with Jemma Barsby spilling two catches.

Strikers began effectively with Georgia Adams eradicating Matthews for 12, however she surprisingly solely bowled on over for the innings. Tammy Beaumont and Josie Dooley each made begins and threatened to interrupt free at occasions throughout a 51-run stand however neither had been capable of kick on. Both fell inside an over of one another to depart Renegades precariously positioned at 74 for 3 within the tenth over.

Harmanpreet and Webb assessed the state of affairs and didn’t panic regardless of each scoring at lower than a run-a-ball by means of the primary 40 runs of their partnership together with solely took 14 runs off the ability surge. But they scored 39 runs off the final 14 balls of the innings discovering the boundary eight occasions in opposition to Amanda-Jade Wellington, Danielle Gibson and Megan Schutt. Webb struck 5 of them and Harmanpreet three.

The chase by no means obtained going as Hayward bowled 4 of the primary 9 overs of the innings and picked up the important thing wickets of Laura Wolvaardt and Katie Mack. Hayward’s size and line had been very good as she hardly ever gave the stumps away. Wolvaardt was stumped attempting to launch over lengthy off however was fully deceived in flight. Mack was additionally overwhelmed in flight as she miscued to mid off.

Coyte dropped a straightforward catch within the deep off Tahlia McGrath that threatened to be pricey however she greater than made up for it with a surprising run out. Patterson drove a ball in direction of lengthy on and took off, Coyte dived full size to her proper, gathered in the correct hand and threw within the one movement whereas laying on her abdomen and produced a direct hit as Patterson tried to scramble again on the striker’s finish.

McGrath holed out off Matthews and the chase fell aside from there. Strikers misplaced their final seven wickets for simply 21 runs. Harmanpreet and Georgia Wareham chimed in with two wickets every as India’s captain was named participant of the match.

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