The 23-year-old did not bowl during the side's previous match against Hobart Hurricanes after she suffered an injury to her hamstring. However, she did bat in the first innings, scoring five runs, before being castled by Sasha Moloney in the 18th over. Scans have since confirmed damage to her hamstring tendon, which means Brown's season has abruptly come to an end.
The news has come as a big blow to the Renegades, as they are currently sitting at the bottom of the points table.
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Despite being unable to yet pick up a wicket in the season, Brown has been one of Renegades' most promising performers. Having earned her maiden call-up to the Australian squad for the recent home series against New Zealand, the seamer has bowled with great pace and control with the new ball and had the batters jumping around. In her first outing of the season, she bowled a brilliant bouncer to Australian skipper Meg Lanning, that forced her to take evasive action.
In 9.1 overs this season, Brown has only conceded 45 runs at an economy rate of 4.90 - in stark contrast to the remainder of the bowling unit who have all conceded more than six runs an over.
Maitlan Brown's Bouncer! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0fUXupDtMl
— The Cricket Wire (@TheCricketWire) November 2, 2020
Courtney Neale, the 21-year-old fast bowler from Victoria, has been announced as Brown's replacement in the Renegades squad for the next couple of matches. Neale made her WBBL debut last year and has played three matches for the Renegades so far.
The women in red are still searching for their first win of this season. They will take on Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers in their next two fixtures.