Their second loss to the Renegades this season, our girls fell short of a win today, with the game coming right down to the last three balls.
Melbourne Renegades 5-128 Melbourne Stars 7-127 by 5 wickets.
First up to bat, we didn’t quite get the start we were hoping for Stars fans with Wes and the skipper clean bowled for 13 and 21 respectively. So at 2-35 in only the seventh over, Sciv and JC really needed to get our run total back on track.
And get it back on track they did. Making a solid 56-run partnership that included five fours and a six, both girls struck the ball well and dug in to ensure that #TeamGreen could stay competitive and make sure the Renegades had a fight on their hands come the second innings.
With JC out for 20 off 25 in the 15th over, and Sciv run out for 37 off 27 only four balls later, Jensen and Mack were next at the crease. Jensen put in a good effort with 21 off her 16 balls before being clean bowled by Molly Strano with the Stars finishing with a total of 127.
With the Renegades’ openers securing the win in our last Derby match, we knew they were the wickets to get. So when Emma Kearney snagged Sophie Molineux for 12 in only the fifth over, we knew the girls were on today.
Rachel Priest was the next to fall for 23 off a ball from Beamsy which meant our two danger wickets were gone! Wyatt and Britt were the new batsman at the crease and with them starting to settle into their innings, we really needed a breakthrough wicket.
Coming in the 17th over, Gemma Triscari snagged Wyatt for 40 when the Megastar made another ripper catch, and followed with the run out of Britt six balls later.
Needing ten runs off the remaining 13 deliveries, the Renegades took the win with five wickets in hand.
When Beamsy delivered a ball to Renegades opener Rachel Priest that saw the Megastar go back with the flight of the ball and take a stunning catch to secure Beamsy’s first wicket, we were ECSTATIC!
Sciv was a standout today with her knock of 37 off 27 balls. Hitting four boundaries and a six in her innings, Sciv needed to make runs to keep the Stars in it and that’s exactly what she did. Combining with JC for a partnership of more than 50 runs, she stood up when the team needed her to and made sure the girls had a fighting chance come the second innings.
The Next Game
The Strikers are our next opponents in the double-header match at the MCG on Tuesday. With the girls kicking things off at 3.05pm and the boys following soon after, we think your Tuesday plans are sorted #TeamGreen so make sure you get your tickets sorted!