The Melbourne Renegades knew that if they are to make the finals they would need to beat the Perth Scorchers in both their remaining games. They would also need the Brisbane Heat slip up against top of the standings Sydney Thunder. Both sides battled as it went down to the final over with the result still in doubt, the Renegades took advantage as the Scorchers ran out of bowling options.
There was no doubting the hunger of the Renegades as they put the Scorchers in and soon had them in trouble.
When Elyse Villani was out hitting a Hayley Jensen slower ball straight to Molly Strano at cover. Strano had been involved in the first two wickets as she had Nicole Bolton caught and bowled. Them fielding at cover she caught Megan Banting to give Jensen her second wicket.
At 38 for 5 the Scorchers looked to be out of the game as the Renegades were slicing through the batting.
Sophie Molineux took two wickets that would be part of her player of the match performance, as she took the wickets of Natalie Sciver and Thamsyn Newton in consecutive balls. It meant the Scorchers were 64 for 7.
If it hadn’t been for an innings of 61 not out from 44 balls by Lauren Ebsary, which included three fours and three sixes the Scorchers would have been out of the game at the halfway stage as she helped her side up to 124 for 7.
The Renegades looked to be in a hurry to win the game as Molineux in particular as she targeted Nicole Bolton in the first over which went for 15.
With Katherine Brunt keeping things tight at the other end it would mean that the batters would have to go big from the other bowlers.
Molineux took just 34 balls to bring up her fifty and shortly after looked to be suffering having been out on the field for every ball of the game. It didn’t stop her however and she was soon on 62 before she found Villani at cover and was caught.
Chamari Atapattu went two balls later as she missed an Emma King that dipped on her and she was bowled.
Emma Inglis went in the same over for a four-ball duck and suddenly the Scorchers looked to be on top, the Renegades were starting to find runs hard to come by.
Koski and Maitlan Brown fell in consecutive balls to Heather Graham with 19 runs left to win.
It was unclear if Jess Duffin was injured as she came in down the order but she would prove to be the best partner for Amy Satterthwaite to help get the Renegades over the line.
With 11 needed from the final two overs, Brunt came back into the attack Satterthwaite hit the first ball of the penultimate over straight to the deep midwicket boundary and was caught by Sciver.
The experience of Duffin was to prove crucial as she got the boundary from the final ball of the over.
With the bowling options running out Villani bowled herself for the final over with just five needed to win.
There was drama off the first ball as Jensen hit it back to Villani who couldn’t hold on to the catch or run out Jensen.
Duffin then hit the next ball for four as the Renegades kept their hopes of a top-four spot alive.
Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers 124 for 7 (Ebsary 61*, Brown 2 for 18)
Melbourne Renegades 125 for 6 (Molineux 62, King 2 for 14)