Courtney Webb’s innings of 46 runs off 34 balls was a shining light in the Renegades’ 40 run loss to the Perth Scorchers.
Captain Sophie Molineux lost the bat flip and was asked to bowl first, the Renegades continued their tactic of bowling mainly spin in the powerplay, however, it didn’t have the same impact it had in previous matches.
Instead of suffocating the Perth Scorchers’ opener’s Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine, the pair stormed out of the blocks early cashing in off the Renegades’ poor length, scoring boundary after boundary as they pierced through the lighting quick WACA outfield. Throughout the powerplay, the Scorchers were batting at a run rate of around 10 runs per over, as the Scorchers raced to 0/63 off six overs.
Unable to unsettle and dismiss the damaging opening partnership, the Renegades looked to be chasing a score above 200, as the ominous Devine and Mooney continued to put their bowlers to the sword, piercing the gaps in the field.
The Renegades finally got some respite as Courtney Webb captured the key wicket of the powerful Devine (72 runs off 49 balls) in the 17th over. Devine and Mooney put on a 165 run opening stand. The third-highest in WBBL history, only a week after notching the 2nd highest partnership in WBBL in Launceston against the Thunder.
Continuing the search for quick runs, Heather Graham (7 off 5) scored a boundary, but her stay at the crease was short, edging to Sophie Molineux off the bowling of Harmanpreet Kaur.
Despite seizing two wickets, the damage was done early, but Beth Mooney continued the flow of runs, making an unbeaten century off the second last ball of the Scorchers’ batting innings, pushing the Scorchers’ total to 2/194 off their 20 overs. Mooney ended the innings, scoring 101 runs off 63 balls.
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Needing to chase 195, the Renegades needed everything to go right. Unfortunately, they lost openers Josie Dooley (6 runs off 6 balls) and Jemimah Rodrigues (9 runs off 10 balls) early, both batters dismissed by off-spinner Lilly Mills in the third over.
The loss of the opening pair brought in form Harmanpreet Kaur and Courtney Webb to the crease, the pair put on a 42 run partnership before Alana King removed Kaur (13 off 17) trapping her LBW, leaving the Renegades 3/59 midway through their innings and thereabout sowing the game up for the Scorchers.
Another 42 run partnership between Jess Duffin (23 off 22) and Webb (46 off 34) gave the pair valuable time in the middle for future matches before both were dismissed by Lilly Mills in the 15th over.
Carly Leeson (4 off 2) followed soon in the next over, trying to slog over deep mid wicket’s head but the ball was caught by Matilda Carmichael of the bowling of Taneale Peschel.
Despite falling short, Sophie Molineux made a quickfire cameo of 31 runs off 18 balls, scoring 21 runs off the last over bowled by Alana King, to get the Renegades to 6/154 off their allotted 20 overs.
Despite not winning, a positive to come out of the match included Sophie Molineux reaching 1,350 WBBL runs and surpassing Dani Wyatt becoming the Renegades’ all-time leading runscorer.
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