Summary: Match 5 – Devine’s all-round performance goes in vain as Melbourne Renegades win – WBBL05

Match 5 Summary: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades – Devine’s all-round performance goes in vain as Melbourne Renegades defeat Adelaide Strikers by 5 wickets at Adelaide on Sunday.

On winning the toss, Adelaide Skipper opted to bat. Opening the inning Devine and Bates were off to an aggressive start. Devine hit a very second ball of the match to a six, she continued her form from the last match and her skipper Suzie Bates played a supporting role in the partnership of 73 runs. Devine scored a quick 48 in just 30 balls including 3 fours and 4 huge sixes. Her target was more of spinners especially Sophie Molineux who had a bad outing with both bat and ball. Once reaching 48, Devine in the midst of scoring a six mistimed a shot and it was excellently caught by Koski at deep square leg on the bowling of Strano. Once Devine got out, the very next over her partner Bates was deceived in the air by leggie, Wareham, as a result, Bates chipped it to straight to the hands of the bowler.

Adelaide had two new batters in the crease in the form of Mcgrath and Patterson. The duo did not disappoint as they had a decent partnership of 57 runs. The partnership helped Adelaide to set a reasonable target. It was more of the unorthodox style of batting from these two players. McGrath almost hit a six with a reverse sweep. But sadly playing one-shots many, Mcgrath again trying to reverse sweep was caught out by Beaumont. Sadly, even her partner Patterson repeated the same mistake and was out caught reversing a sweep and finding the same fielder again at the same place. Patterson played good innings of 38 runs including 3 fours and 1 sixes. In the end, some late hitting by Taylor, Adelaide Strikers finished at 152 for 5 in 20 overs. For Renegades, it was spinners who did a good job with the ball. Brown picked up two wickets and she was well supported by Wareham and Strano with a wicket each.

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Chasing the target of 153, Renegades were off to a bad start as Molineux did not trouble the scorers much. She was dismissed for a 2 ball duck trying to hit a wide one and edged it straight to the keeper in the bowling of Devine.

After the first wicket, in came the dashing player Tammy Beaumont. Danielle Wyatt on the other side started to play aggressive from her first ball, the way she handled the first spell of Schutt and Devine was amazing. Wyatt scored a quick 61 in just 37 balls which included 10 fours. It was an excellent display of t20 batting from her and she was well supported by her mate Beaumont. Both had a partnership of 84 runs which laid a solid foundation for the chase. On reaching 61 Wyatt got dismissed trying to hit a bouncer from Devine which went straight into the hands of Patterson.

Beaumont continued to have a partnership with Koski and after having a partnership of 31 runs, Beaumont got out lbw by a yorker from Bates. It looked like Strikers were coming back slowly into the game. The Renegades skipper did not give that chance to Strikers as she played a match-winning cameo of 26 runs in 15 balls which helped Renegades to chase the target within 19 overs.

With the bat and ball, it was Devine who gave her best for Strikers but it was not enough for the day.

With this win, Renegades open their account in the points table and Strikers will be disappointed losing a match even after getting great starts with the bat and ball.

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Brief Scores: Strikers 152 for 5 ( Devine 48, Brown 2 for 20) lost to Renegades 154 for 5 in 19 overs (Wyatt 61, Devine 2 for 32) by 5 wickets

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