The eighth match of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) was played between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday. Melbourne Renegades won the toss and elected to bat first.
1st innings Melbourne Renegades 126-6 in 20 overs
Batting first, Melbourne Renegades posted a decent total of 126-6 in 20 overs, riding on Harmanpreet Kaur’s 41 off 37 balls. India’s T20I skipper smashed four boundaries and a six in her innings. English bat Evelyn Jones was the other contributor with the bat. The southpaw mustered a 36 not out off 29 balls, including two boundaries. For Adelaide Strikers, it was the right arm seamer Sarah Coyte who was the pick of the bowlers as she accounted for 3-20 in her four overs. Darcie Brown, Jemma Barsby and Amanda Wellington struck with one wicket each.
2nd innings Adelaide Strikers 129-2 in 17.3 overs
In reply, Adelaide Strikers made a light work of the chase as they achieved the target in 17.3 overs with eight wickets in hand. Right-hand middle order bat Tahlia McGrath top-scored with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls, hitting three boundaries and a six. Opening bag Dane van Niekerk (29) and Laura Wolvaardt (36) were the other major contributors with the bat. For Melbourne Renegades, right arm off spinner Harmanpreet Kaur and right arm quick Ellie Falconer picked up one wicket apiece. They did not have a good outing with the ball as they managed to pick just two wickets.
Player of the Match
Adelaide Strikers’ middle-order bat Tahlia won the player of the match award for her match-winning performance with the bat. The right-hand bat hit an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls (4s: 3, 6s:1).
Adelaide Strikers will play against Hobart Hurricanes on October 23 at the Invermay Park in Launceston, while Melbourne will lock horns against Perth Scorchers on October 23 at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston.
Melbourne Renegades 126-6 in 20 overs (H Kaur 41; S Coyte 3-20) lost to Adelaide Strikers 129-2 in 17.3 overs (T McGrath 50 not out; H Kaur 1-31) by 8 wickets
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