The luck of the Irish is a well-worn cliche, however, for the Hobart Hurricanes, they will take it. Having not won a game all season and with captain Corinne Hall out injured they turned to Isobel Joyce the Irish international to take control of the side, and in only her second game of WBBL03 turned around the fortunes of her side in dramatic fashion at the Blundstone Arena as they won by four runs.
Having been dismissed for just 100 the day before the Hurricanes were determined to set a better target today. At one point it looked like they would get over 140. What was familiar was the collapse in the batting after they had gotten off to a good start.
For Hayley Matthews, it was yet again an innings that promised so much with some fine shots before playing the wrong shot at the wrong time. Matthews had just hit Lea Tahuhu for two fours before checking her shot to give Sophie Molineux an easy catch.
Steffanie Daffara and Veda Krishnamurthy put on 38 for the second wicket, Daffara was finding the boundary on a regular basis while Krishnamurthy was watchful early on.
It was Krishnamurthy’s last match before leaving for India and she saved her best for last as she scored 40 from 35 balls.
Georgia Wareham the young leg-spin bowler made the breakthrough to peg back the Hurricanes as she deceived Daffara in the flight and Emma Inglis the wicketkeeper wasn’t going to miss the stumping.
Krishnamurthy looked on course for fifty before she was run out taking on the arm of Molineux was run out attempting a second run.
It was all downhill for the Hurricanes after that as the lower order looked all at sea. Tahuhu who had been expensive in her first spell came back with a double wicket maiden to see off the last two recognised batters.
The Hurricanes folded in the last five overs as they lost five wickets for just 13 runs, as they posted 120 for 9 in what should have been a much better total.
The Renegades only needed to score at a run a ball to secure victory, which is probably why they started so slowly. It didn’t help their cause that Molineux was dismissed in only the second over for 2 when Nicola Hancock got the leading edge and it looped to Sasha Moloney at the cover for a comfortable catch.
At the end of the powerplay, the Renegades were 21 for 1. It was half the total of the Hurricanes at the same stage. They were confident that with the likes of Amy Sattherwaite and Chamari Atapattu to bat that they could make up a conservative start with runs at the end of the innings.
The Hurricanes bowled a tighter line than yesterday and gave few scoring shots for the Renegades, who soaked up too many dot balls when they should have looked for the single rather than the boundary.
It seemed a brave choice by Joyce to bowl herself when more established bowlers had overs to bowl. It proved to be the right decision as her first two overs only cost four runs. The run-rate was raising all the time as the batters looking to hit the big shots missed.
It went right down to the wire as Satterthwaite who scored 65 runs needed to hit six off the final ball to take the game into the super-over. She could only manage two and the Hurricanes won their first game of WBBL03.
It wasn’t down to luck, but instead, a side that believed they could turn things around however the results had transpired.
It was a big blow for the Renegades who could have moved to third in the standings but stay in fifth. It means they need a couple of big weekends if they are to get over the line in one of the semi-final spots. They have the players to do it but it will be far from easy.
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades
Hobart Hurricanes 120 for 9 (Krishnamurthy 40, Tahuhu 3 for 25)
Melbourne Renegades (Sattherwaite 65, Hepburn 3 for 24)