It was a case of rout 66 for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday after they bowled Brisbane Heat out for the equal-lowest 20 over total in the two and bit seasons of the Women’s Big Bash League.
The Renegades gained a potentially valuable net run rate boost after comfortably passing the Heat’s meagre score of 66 at Etihad Stadium to secure a 10-wicket win with 55 balls to spare. It was equal to Hobart’s losing total against the Sydney Sixers at the semi-final stage last season.
The win was the Renegades’ third in a row after their two losses to open the season, and their second victory in consecutive days against Brisbane. The Heat lost 9-54 at the back end of their defeat on Friday, meaning that by the end of Brisbane’s innings on Saturday the Renegades had taken a combined 19-120. Unlike on Friday, when the Renegades dropped half a dozen catches, there were no concerns under the Etihad roof, with the hosts clinical across all three disciplines.
The Heat won the toss and elected to bat, but the wickets started falling early, with New Zealand quick Lea Tahuhu bowling Heat opener Kirby Short with the second ball of the innings. Friday’s hero Molly Strano then removed South African Laura Wolvaardt, before Maitlan Brown claimed the prized wicket of Beth Mooney for 11. They kept tumbling, and other than Mooney only Deandra Dottin (14) reached double figures as the Heat were rolled in 16.1 overs.
The Renegades bowlers shared the wickets widely. Captain Amy Satterthwaite took 2-5 from two overs, while Tahuhu (2-10), Georgia Wareham (2-11) and Strano (2-13) all impressed.
Renegades openers Sophie Molineux (45 not out) and Chamari Atapattu (20 not out) ensured the target was reached with a minimum of fuss. Molineux was named player of the match.
Satterthwaite lauded her team after the match. “It was certainly one of our more conclusive wins,” she said.
“We put a really complete performance on the board which is what we’ve been aiming to do.
“I just thought everyone did their job today superbly. We couldn’t ask for much better than that.”
Satterthwaite was particularly pleased that the Renegades held on to their catches given their fielding issues earlier in the tournament. “It certainly helps. I think it’s been something that’s obviously been prevalent. Not only for us, but we’ve seen a few other teams dropping it as well,” she said.
“When you can hold those it certainly makes a big difference.”
Vying to make the finals for the first time in the WBBL, the Renegades are next in action against the Sixers at Camberwell Sports Ground on January 2.
Satterthwaite said the lengthy break wasn’t ideal. “It’s probably a shame in one way, we’re getting some really nice momentum, but I think we’ve just got to take credit for how we’re playing at the moment, enjoy the break,” she said.
The skipper also agreed it was “way too early” to start thinking about the prospect of a breakthrough finals appearance, but was happy with her team’s trajectory. “It’s nice to be tracking in the right direction and the more we can keep doing that we’ll hopefully keep putting good performances on the park.”
The Heat have one win from four games with their next assignments coming against the Adelaide Strikers, who they meet at Adelaide Oval next Friday and Sunday.