Today’s game between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat could decide who ends on top of the WBBL|07 ladder and go directly into the grand final.
The Melbourne Renegades’ shock loss to the Hobart Hurricanes has put more importance on their clash against the Brisbane Heat. The match could potentially decide who finishes on top of the WBBL|07 ladder and go directly into the tournament’s grand final.
After playing on the freshly made pitch in Mackay on Wednesday night, the Renegades knew the conditions of the surface they were playing on.
However, electing to field first and securing the wicket of Rachel Priest on the second ball of the match, things didn’t go to plan for the side in the field, due to sloppy bowling and poor fielding, including some missed chances.
There were differences to the team’s two games in Mackay, with Wednesday at night and today’s match during the day in the heat. Renegades’ middle-order batter Jess Duffin said the hot conditions weren’t to blame for her team’s poor performance.
“I don’t think it had [the conditions] anything to do with it, they bowled really well and restricted us really well with boundaries,” Duffin said post-match.
“We just bowled a little too wide at times and gave them the freedom to hit through the line of the ball.”
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After the Hurricanes last week struggled to bat on the Mackay surface, but Duffin said the Hurricane’s batting during their bowling innings wasn’t surprising.
“The calibre of players they have in their team it doesn’t surprise me at all, again it was more what we could control and we just didn’t bowl that well to their better players so when you don’t do that to the type of players they had you get punished,” Duffin admitted.
Coming into their match against the Hurricanes having to win, Duffin said the team knew what they needed to do to remain top spot.
“We knew what we had to do if we wanted to stay on top, we had to win all three games and we haven’t done that.
“We’ve got another game tomorrow and we can just keep winning, I don’t think we can worry about what other teams are doing. We got to keep focusing on actually winning.”
Going into their must-win game tomorrow against the Heat, Duffin said there’s only one thing on the team’s mind.
“To win, that’s pretty much our conversation at the moment,”
The Renegades’ final match is tomorrow against the Brisbane Heat, at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay. Play is set to start at 6:05pm local time.
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