The Melbourne Renegades were involved in another controversial moment that ultimately took them to a super-over. Amy Satterthwaite had been given run out and was off the field when the third umpire was called for. The ball and the gloves were close to the stumps, the third umpire adjudged the ball wasn’t in the gloves.
There was no separating the side throughout the game and it came to the final ball of the powerplay, with two needed to tie up the powerplay the Stars would win the game on boundaries scored.
Lizelle Lee hit it down the ground and Mignon du Preez her teammate ran through quickly to get the second.
It gave the Stars their second win over the Renegades of the season. The Stars will have felt that they should have won the game well before.
They gave everything in the field after being restricted to 118 for 6 from their twenty overs. It didn’t feel like it was quite enough on an MCG pitch that lacked any real carry. Lee who is playing her penultimate game of the season for the Stars before going back to South Africa was hitting the ball well.
She was on 31 from 25 balls with two fours and two sixes when she was given out lbw to a ball from Molly Strano that Hawkeye showed to be going well past leg-stump.
It was the middle wicket of a slump, going from 30 for 0, the Stars found themselves 44 for 3 when du Preez slashed Maitlan Brown to point and Sophie Molineux took the catch.
It took some late innings hitting from Anna Lanning and Alana King to give their bowlers something to bowl to.
The Renegades were held up by the Stars as they opened with the Spin of Erin Osborne and Kristen Beams. The Renegades soon got into their groove as Claire Koski and Molineux put of 40 for the second wicket.
Again the Stars came back at the Renegades as the young Annabel Sutherland took two wickets in her first over. First Molineux hit to point and the Kris Britt playing a one-handed shot was caught at mid-off.Sutherland gave nothing away in her spell as she bowled four overs for only 11 runs.
The Renegades were thankful for the reprieve of Satterthwaite as the New Zealand international was crucial to bringing the Renegades home.
Georgia Elwiss bowling the important seventeenth overtook two wickets to turn the game in the Stars favour.
The Renegades still needed 12 runs from the final over and Elwiss with her changes of pace was given the vital over and the first four balls had only gone for four runs. The Satterthwaite as she has done in the past found the runs when they were needed. Seven were needed from the final ball for the win or six to force the super-over.
The Stars were left to rue the missed run out as Satterthwaite smashed it over deep mid-wicket for six. The stars would have felt she should not have been able to be given the opportunity after leaving the field and the new batter taking strike over the controversial run-out attempt.
Koski was given the strike in the super over for the Renegades and hit the first ball straight back the ground and it went for four. Osborne got her own back the following ball as Koski could only pick out King at long on. It was the same result the next ball as Molineux could not clear the same fielder.
The Renegades scrambled their way to ten from their over. The Stars looked to the big-hitting Lee and the quick du Preez, and although they could not find the boundary and Brown could have won it from the penultimate ball as she dropped Lee on the boundary as the two South Africans ran hard for two.
Two from the final ball would tie things up and the Stars would get an unlikely win.
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Stars 118 for 6 (Lee 31, Brown 1 for 17, Strano 17 for 1)
Melbourne Renegades 118 for 6 (Satterthwaite 31*, Sutherland 2 for 11)
Melbourne Renegades 10 for 4
Melbourne Stars 10 for 0