It was another tough day for the Hobart Hurricanes who fell to a heavy defeat to the Melbourne Renegades who were looking to keep up with the leading pack. It was a crushing win as the Renegades looked to improve their net run-rate never stopped attacking with the bat and won by 10 wickets with eight and a half overs to spare.
It is fair to say that the Hurricanes batting hasn’t delivered the runs that would make them the competitive side they had been during the first two incarnations of the WBBL.
That had looked like it was going to change today as Hayley Matthews and Stefanie Daffara looked to make the positive start. Matthews had threatened to build a decent score in the past couple of games and along with Daffara had put on 62 for the first wicket.
Matthews had made forty at a run a ball when as so often this tournament lost her shape and mistimed a drive through cover and Sophie Molineux took the catch at point.
What followed was a collapse that would have demoralised most sides. Having been 62 for 1 they were bundled out for just 100. The Openers were the only players to make double figures as some good bowling and uncertain shots saw the downfall of the Hurricanes
Direct hits saw the end of the second and third wickets. Georgia Redmayne hit straight to Lea Tahuhu who had all three stumps to aim at. The next run out was an excellent piece of fielding from Molly Strano who threw in from the deep cover boundary and Daffara was well short of her ground.
Veda Krishnamurthy looked to be positive to the spin of Amy Satterthwaite but misjudged it completely and was bowled as it dipped on her.
Isobel Joyce who replaced the out of form Lauren Winfield but could only make one before being lbw to the Renegades captain.
The only player who might have felt hard done by the Hurricanes captain Corinne Hall who was hit on the toe from a delivery by Tahuhu that may have been going past leg.
Maitlan Brown made sure the tail would not help the Hurricanes to a defendable total as she bowled three players with inswinging deliveries.
With the Renegades just behind the teams that are in contention for the next phase of the competition, they knew it was imperative to knock the winning runs with plenty of balls to spare and their openers were in the mood to do just that.
With the Hurricanes well short of a defendable total they bowled too many loose deliveries and allowed Renegades to get off to a perfect start. They were halfway to their target at the end of the powerplay and Molineux and Emma Inglis looked to a motor to the finish line.
Molineux scored her first WBBL fifty in an innings of 53 not out that included ten fours to highlight the Hurricanes bowlers not being at their best.
Inglis at the other end might have been forgiven for thinking she could take it easy at the other end and just look for the singles that would get Molineux on strike but matched her teammates strike rate in an innings of 42 not out from 32 balls.
These two sides meet again tomorrow and you would expect a better showing from the Hurricanes who remain winless. It will be imperative for the Renegades not to lose focus as they are in and around a number of teams battling for the last semi-final spots.
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades
Hobart Hurricanes 100 all out (Matthews 40, Brown 3 for 28)
Melbourne Renegades 102 for 0 (Molineux 53*)