The second match of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) was played between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday. Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first.
1st Innings: Hobart Hurricanes: 121/10 (20)
Hobart Hurricanes were bowled out for 121 in 20 overs. Middle-order bat Naomi Stalenberg top scored with 28 runs off 27 balls, including three boundaries. After a decent opening partnership of 28 runs between Rachael Priest and Ruth Johnston, Hobart Hurricanes lost wickets at regular intervals. It was Melbourne Renegades’ leg spinner Georgia Wareham, who wrecked havoc with figures of 3-13 in her four overs. Wareham received good support from her spin partner Sophie Molineux who chipped in with 2-12 in her four overs. Ellie Falconer, Carly Leeson and Harmanpreet Kaur were the other wicket-takers, who took one wicket apiece.
2nd Innings : Melbourne Renegades: 122/4 (19.2)
In reply, chasing 122, Melbourne Renegades chased down the target in 19.2 overs, winning the match by six wickets. After losing her opening partner in skipper Sophie Molineux (16), Jemimah Rodrigues held together the innings. The Indian top order bat top scored with 33 runs off 34 balls, including two boundaries and a six. Courtney Webb and Harmanpreet Kaur were the other contributors with the bat, who scored 31 runs and 24 not out. India’s T20I captain hit the winning runs as she smashed Amy Smith for a boundary. For Hobart Hurricanes, it was Belinda Vakarewa, who was the pick of the bowlers. The right-arm seamer scalped 2-21 in her four overs, including the wickets of Rodrigues and Webb. Amy Smith was the bowler who accounted for one wicket.
Player of the Match
Melbourne Renegades’ Georgia Wareham won the player of the match award for her brilliant bowling performance.
Melbourne Renegades will play their next match against Adelaide Strikers on October 20, while Hobart Hurricanes will take on Sydney Sixers on October 17. Both the matches will be played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Hobart Hurricanes 121 all out in 20 overs (N Stalenberg 28; G Wareham 3-13) lost to Melbourne Renegades 122-4 in 19.2 overs (J Rodrigues 33; B Vakarewa 2-21) by six wickets
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