With the Perth Scorchers in the fourth and final semi-final place before the start of the game, it was important for them to win this games as the Melbourne Renegades their opposition could have leapfrogged them if they were to win.
The Renegades won the game between the two sides yesterday and that momentum is usually so important in t20 cricket. That swung today as the two side did battle at the Camberwell Sports Ground.
The Scorchers won the toss and put their opponents into bat. It was a tactic that worked as Sophie Molineux who batted so well just the day before was dismissed from the fifth ball of the day, as she tried to pull Katherine Brunt but could only balloon it up to Piepa Cleary at mid-on.
Chamari Atapattu and Kris Britt well contained during the powerplay and Atapattu was the second player to be dismissed during the first six overs when she played a similar shot to Molineux but the bowler and fielder from the first wicket reversed roles.
Only Emma Inglis was able to score at more than a run a ball with an innings of 28 from 19 balls before she picked out Nat Sciver in cow corner.
The pursuit of quick runs at the end of the twenty overs proved too much for the Renegades and Cleary was able to take the wickets of Maitlan Brown and Hayley Jensen in consecutive balls.
It was always going to be difficult for the Renegades to contain the Scorchers openers and Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton. Lea Tahuhu was the bowler that soon found this to her cost as the first over of the Scorchers innings went for 14.
Molly Strano bowling the next over went for 9. It was to the credit of the Renegades bowlers as they managed to slow the run-rate after Villani was lbw to Molineux for 18.
Bolton knew how important it was to keep the runs flowing and in the fifth overscored a four and a six.
With the Renegades needing wickets they introduced Georgia Wareham Who took the important wickets of Megan Banting and Bolton within the space of three balls.
Firstly Banting was unlucky when the first ball of the Wareham over deflected off her pads onto the stumps.
Sciver was the calming influence as she played a handy inning of 39 not out form 33 balls.
Brunt came in and played a cameo role with the bat that would secure her player of the match as she scored 15 from 19 balls.
In the end, it was a comfortable win for the Scorchers that would see an end to the Renegades season and with their net run-rate move into the third spot at the expense of the Adelaide Strikers.
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades 112 for 9 (Inglis 28, Brunt 3 for 11)
Perth Scorchers 113 for 6 (Sciver 39*, Wareham 3 for 19)