Second-placed Brisbane Heat clashed with fifth-ranked Melbourne Renegades as both teams looked to gain points and strengthen their position to reach the knockouts.
Having won the toss, the Renegades elected to bat first. Sophie Molineux and Danni Wyatt took their time to settle in on a pitch that was difficult to get used to. With the outfield also very slow, the batters needed to work hard for their runs and the key was to maintain wickets. Molineux and Wyatt did just that, putting on a big 92-run opening stand. The former then had to depart for 50 off 52 on the back of a run out.
A change in the batting order saw Emma Inglis come in at number three, but she was dismissed for just one. Wyatt fell soon afterwards too, for 45 off 37. The Renegades had lost 3-13, and with only four overs remaining, needed to accelerate to post a challenging total. Experienced campaigners Amy Satterthwaite and Jess Duffin combined for a 38-run partnership to guide their side to a competitive total. Satterthwaite struggled, but did well to support Duffin with 23* off 22. Duffin, on the other hand, looked to have gotten her groove back after disappointing returns early in the series. Her cameo of 15* off seven helped the Renegades post 143-3 on the board.
Delissa Kimmince and Sune Luus claimed a scalp each, while Jess Jonassen was the most economical bowler, giving just 23 runs off her four overs.
In reply, Heat got off to a good start, taking 10 runs off the first over. In the next one though, Lea Tahuhu struck to dismiss Grace Harris. She also claimed Sammy-Jo Johnson’s wicket in her following over. Skipper Kirby Short then combined with Beth Mooney a 38-run stand, before both departed in quick succession. Tahuhu picked up her third wicket to dismiss Short for 16, while Maitlan Brown had Mooney caught behind for 44 off 31. From there, Heat collapsed from 75-4 to 100-9. An 18-run partnership between Luus and Georgie Prestwidge put up some resistance, with the formers’ 17 off 13 being the second highest of the innings. Heat folded for 118, as the Renegades registered a 25-run win.
Tahuhu was particularly destructive with the ball, taking three key wickets to stall the chase, while conceding just 13 runs. Brown also took three wickets and went for 17 runs. Molineux chipped in with two wickets as well. For her all-round performance, Molinuex was named Player-of-the-Match.
With this win, Renegades sneak into the top four, leading Perth Scorchers by one point. Heat are placed third, Sydney Thunder second and Sydney Sixers occupy