Renegades drop half a dozen catches, still beat Heat

The Melbourne Renegades have squared their ledger in the Women’s Big Bash League after Brisbane Heat suffered a dramatic collapse to lose by eight runs at Camberwell Sports Ground on Friday.

The Heat were 1-71 chasing 134 to win, but despite the Renegades dropping six catches Brisbane lost 9-54 to be bowled out for 125 from 19.5 overs.

Gun off-spinner Molly Strano was the chief destroyer, taking 3-16 from her four overs, while Maitlan Brown finished with 2-22 (3) and Lea Tahuhu took 2-28 (3.5).

The Renegades finished with what looked like a competitive, if slightly under par, total of 6-133 from their 20 overs. Opener Sophie Molineux (40 from 32 balls) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (38 from 33) both made handy runs, but regular wickets curbed their side’s momentum.

Brisbane opener Beth Mooney lived dangerously and while it paid off for a while, repeatedly taking the aerial route eventually proved her undoing. She was caught in the 11th over by Molineux off the bowling of Hayley Jensen for 39 from 28 balls in what proved the game’s turning point.

An over later Georgia Wareham struck, claiming the key wicket of West Indian Deandra Dottin for one, and from there not even regular spills in the field could stop the Renegades from running through the Heat line-up.

Strano said it was particularly pleasing to win a close game.

“Over the last couple of years we normally fall over at the last hurdle when we have tight finishes like that so it’s good to get a bit of belief amongst the squad that we can win those tight matches,” Strano said.

However she acknowledged that fielding was an issue.

“We might even have an impromptu fielding session after all the fans go here. We keep dropping a few dollies so it’s going to hurt us if we keep dropping those easy ones.”

Having lost their first two games, the Renegades are now 2-2, while the Heat have fallen to 1-3. The sides meet again at Etihad Stadium on Saturday as part of a WBBL-BBL double-header.