Danni Wyatt in action. ©ICC

A smashing return to the Renegades for Wyatt as she hits a half century and an unbeaten 62 runs partnership between Koski and Kershaw helped the Renegades beat Strikers in a last ball thriller.

Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, the Kiwi duo of Bates and Devine gave a fabulous start to the Strikers with both matching each others score quite often. Strikers went past 46/0 in their powerplay. The White Ferns slowed down a bit scoring 22 in their next 24 balls with the score reflecting 68/0 after 10 overs. Wareham got the first breakthrough for the Renegades when she got Devine caught at point to Molineux on 39.

The incoming Tahlia McGrath started hitting while Bates continued to play the anchor’s role. After a good innings of 54, Bates lost her wicket as Wareham got her second of the day. McGrath continued her onslaught even though she started losing partners at the other end. Strano finally got the wicket of McGrath on 33 of 20 in the penultimate over of the innings. Renegades fought back well in the last 4 overs taking 6 wickets restricting Strikers to score big.

Danni Wyatt’s return to the Renegades after a gap of a year as she missed the third season started on a fruitful note as the English opener gave a steady start to the Melbourne based side. She started with two fours of the Schutt over and smoked a six of Hazell’s first with Renegades 47-0 after the powerplay with Danni on 39. After Satterthwaite got out early in her innings, McGrath continued her good form now with the ball taking the wicket of Emma Inglis. Almost immediately, Molineux gave a straight return catch to Wellington helping her claim her first wicket of the day. Danni Wyatt on the other hand became her second wicket getting caught in the deep after scoring a fifty on her return.

Claire Koski and Erica Kershaw started rescuing the Renegades and claimed a 50+ unbeaten partnership. With 8 needed of the last over of Sophie Devine, both the Renegades players’ took it to the last ball where Koski hit a boundary to the square leg to take the side home at St Kilda in a thriller.

Renegades will face Strikers again tomorrow.