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Women’s Big Bash League 2019: Match 50, 51 and 52- Round Up

Three games were played on the Saturday in the WBBL.

Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

We are slowly moving towards the business end of the 2019 edition of Women Big Bash League, and the tension coupled with excitement is accentuating to the hilt. Three games were played on the Saturday in the WBBL where Melbourne Renegades, Hobart Hurricanes and table-toppers Adelaide Strikers Women picked up comfortable victories over Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers.

In the 50th match of the Women Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars succumbed to their 11th defeat of the tournament at the Junction Oval after the Renegades Women successfully chased down 4-162 with aplomb. Batting first, the Stars got off to a whirlwind start to their innings with Lizelle Lee (70) and skipper Elisse Vilani (45) smoking the Renegades bowler to all corners of the Junction Oval. The duo smoked 118 runs for the first wicket in 13.3 overs.

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However, as has been the case with them this season, the Stars suffered a horrendous collapse that saw them lose four wickets for the next eight runs as Strano (2-29) and Maitlan Brown (2-24) putting the breaks on the scoring. The Stars eventually managed 4-162 in 20 overs with Erin Osborne (22*) and Nicole Falcum (16*) getting some useful runs at the death. Unlike their opponents, the Renegades got off to a horrendous start when they lost both Ana Lanning (4) and Dani Wyatt (6) within the first seven bowls.

But, unlike the Stars’ middle-order, their Renegades counterparts took up the responsibility of addressing the fledgeling innings  Skipper Jessica Duffin (76*) was the fulcrum around which the run-chase revolved as she stitched crucial partnerships of 43 runs and 79 runs with Tammy Beaumont and Courtney Webb respectively, eventually taking her side home on the penultimate ball of the game.

Sydney Sixers continued to lose wickets at regular intervals

Adelaide Strikers continued their dominance in the 2019 season with another dominant win- this time against Sydney Sixers. This is the Strikers’ 10th win the tournament in 13 games, taking their overall points tally to 20.

It was the bowlers who were at the heart of their eight-wicket win at Hurstville Oval in Sydney as Sarah Coyte (3-9), Tahlia McGrath (2-19) and Megan Schutt (2-12) wreaked havoc against the Sixers’ batswomen. Batting first, Sydney batters never really got going as Schutt landed them a body blow in the very first over when she cleaned up Alyssa Healy for a five-ball-duck.

Sixers continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were quickly reduced to 5-53 in 12.3 overs. The only innings of substance came from Marizanne Kapp (20) but even that wasn’t enough as the likes of Dan van Niekirk (19 off 25 balls) and others failed to put any resistance and eventually finished with 9-93 after 20 overs.

The target of 94 wasn’t going to trouble Adelaide Strikers, at all. And, it didn’t, as Sophie Devine (46) and Tahlia McGrath (30) helped the table-toppers to coast past the total in 15.1 overs.

Discipled Hobart Hurricanes bowling consigns Perth Scorchers their fifth win of the season

In the 52nd match of the WBBL, Perth Scorchers Women succumbed to their fifth loss of the tournament after Hobart Hurricanes notched up a comprehensive six-wicket win at the Lilac Hill Park.

Abysmal batting effort coupled with an all-round performance by the Hobart Hurricanes bowlers was at the heart of the Scorchers’ six-wicket loss in Perth.  Just like the Sixers, Perth Scorchers’ innings never really took off as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Natalie Sciver (21) and Nicole Bolton (21) were the highest run-scorers for the Western Australia-based franchise as the likes of Tayla Vlaeminck (2-19), Nicola Carey (2-29) and Maisy Gibson (2-20) ran through the rest to restrict them to 107 after 20 overs.

Chasing 108, Hurricanes lost two quick wickets in Nicola Carey and Heather Knight for the score of 16 but Erin Fazackerley’s 48-ball 58 and Chloe Tyron’s unbeaten 5-ball 14 ensured the target was achieved in 15.4 overs.

Brief Scores

Melbourne Stars Women vs Melbourne Renegades Women, Match 50

Melbourne Stars: 4-162 in 20 overs (Lizelle Lee 70, Elyse Villani 45; Maitlan Brown 2-24, Matt Strano 2-29)

Melbourne Renegades: 4-163 in 19.5 overs (Jess Duffin 76*, Courtney Webb 30, Georgia Wareham 17*; Erin Osborne 2-36)

Melbourne Renegades Women won by 6 wickets

Sydney Sixers Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, Match 51

Sydney Sixers: 9-93 in 20 overs (Marizanne Kapp 20, Dan van Niekirk 19; Sarah Coyte 3-9, Megan Schutt 2-12)

Adelaide Strikers: 2-94 in 15.1 overs (Sophie Devine 46, Tahlia McGrath 30; Marizanne Kapp 1-8)

Adelaide Strikers Women won by 8 wickets

Perth Scorchers Women vs Hobart Hurricanes Women, Match 52

Perth Scorchers: 10-107 in 20 overs (Natalie Sciver 21, Nicole Bolton 21; Maisy Gibson 2-20, Tayla Vlaeminck 2-19)

Hobart Hurricanes: 4-113 in 15.4 overs (Erin Fazackerley 58, Corinne Hall 18;  Kim Garth 1-14, Taneale Peschel 2-33)

Hobart Hurricanes Women by 6 wickets

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