Young Australian leg-spinner Georgia Wareham left the field with a suspected knee injury, adding salt into the Melbourne Renegades’ wounds after their loss to the Adelaide Strikers.
The 22-year-old fell awkwardly while attempting to change direction in the field during the 12th over of Adelaide’s chase.
Wareham immediately clutched her left knee and pounded the turf with her fist, spending several minutes on the ground before she was able to limp from the field with assistance.
The Renegades won the toss and elected to bat first, unfortunately, the opening combination of Jemimah Rodrigues and captain Sophie Molineux could only conjure 19 runs in the four overs they batted together before Bridget Patterson took a spectacular catch to dismiss Molineux for 9 runs.
Courtney Webb (1 off 4) would follow shortly after, bringing the Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur to the crease. Kaur and her fellow countrywoman Rodrigues put on 32 runs together before Rodrigues holed out to mid-on.
The constant falling of wickets in key intervals stalled the Renegades innings while the Strikers’ accurate bowling was also a reason for their low scoring.
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The Renegades scored 35 runs off the last three overs as they tried to accelerate, capitalising on some poor bowling pushing the total to 6/126 after 20 overs. Kaur (41 off 37) and English recruit Eve Jones (36 off 29) were the best with the bat.
Defending an under-par score, the Renegades needed to take early wickets for any chance of an unlikely victory. They dismissed the Strikers opening pair of Dane Van Niekerk and Katie Mack within the powerplay, however, Van Niekerk’s rapid-fire knock of 29 off 14 left the Strikers in a strong position of 2-47 after five overs.
With Tahlia McGrath and Laura Wolvawardt at the crease, the Renegades were unable to create any chances to dismiss the batters.
McGrath (50 off 39) and Wolvawardt (36 off 39) put on an 82 run partnership to steer the Strikers to 2-129 after 17.3 overs, securing the win with less than three overs to spare.
Despite the injury, Wareham was one of Renegades best bowlers, conceding 13 runs and producing 12 dot balls off her three overs.