In what are crucial, must-win games for both teams, the Stars will be looking to get back on the winners list when they take on the Renegades today. Both squads are ready to show our red rivals what they’ve got and we can’t wait for some fiery contests today. With our girls kicking the day off at 2.35pm, and our boys following at 7pm, settle yourselves in for a day of action-packed cricket.
Last Time We Met
Melbourne Renegades 4-171 def. Melbourne Stars 9-151 by 7 runs (D/L)
We didn’t get the result we were hoping for when we last played the Renegades, with our cross-town rivals proving too strong in both innings. Wright had a good night with the bat, top-scoring with 45, with Bolo, Stoin, Faulks and Zamps all taking wickets. But with an unbeaten 64 from Cameron White and a three-wicket haul from Hoggy, the Renegades took the points.
Melbourne Renegades 1-52 def. Melbourne Stars 3-127 by 9 wickets (D/L)
Our girls put up a good fight against the Renegades in their last Derby match. With the Skipper making 64 and Wes a handy 38, our opening pair really helped make a competitive total. But with rain playing a big role in the Renegades’ run-chase, their revised total proved no obstacle for their opening batters. With our bowlers only managing one wicket for the day, the partnership of Priest and Molineux made the majority of the runs needed to take home the win.
Players to Watch
Maxi didn’t have the best game against the Renegades at the MCG, but he bounced back with a handy 34 off 22 runs in our game against the Thunder. As our second highest run-scorer in BBL|06, including an unbeaten 58 in Hobart, Maxi is someone that the Renegades do not want to underestimate. And with the added ability of taking wickets, Maxi could prove a big difference tonight.
How can we go past Hoggy as our player to watch?! The man's still got it, taking away Player-of-the-Match honours against us on New Year's Day. We're going to have to watch out for him on the Etihad pitch tonight!
Flem has had a pretty good WBBL season to date. Although unable to take a wicket in our loss, Kearney bowled two overs that only went for ten runs and managed a knock of 23 off 13 that included three boundaries and one incredible six! We’re hoping this form is going to roll into today's match!
With a knock of 18 from 13 balls in the last Derby, Molineux was a key player in making sure the Renegades got the win. Her last game for the Renegades also saw her top-score with the bat with 37 and snagged a wicket from her four overs that only went for 16 runs. Molineux is a player that can do damage with both bat and ball and we think she is the danger player our girls need to keep an eye on.
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Our boys desperately need a win in tonight’s match against the Renegades and we know they’ll be looking for a good all-round performance. We need our batting, bowling and fielding to all come together tonight if we’re to get that win, especially with the Renegades in good touch at the moment. The boys know that when they’re at their best it is magnificent to watch and they are determined to get back on the winners list tonight.
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The Renegades have only had the one close loss this season against the second placed Scorchers so they’re off to a good start. Their bowling attack is taking wickets and their batsmen are firing. With Patto back in, their attack is even more potent.
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Our girls are coming off three losses in a row and are absolutely determined to get a win this afternoon. Having started the season well, the girls have struggled recently to play a consistent game in which both their batting and bowling come together. But we think with a Derby title on the line it will only add fuel to the fire and that our girls will come out guns blazing.
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The girls in red have performed well in their last two matches, managing to get their season back on track. Finding some form after three losses, the Renegades just seem to be hitting their stride at the right time. We know they will absolutely be looking to make it three in a row so we’ll be expecting a challenging contest this afternoon.
With both games being played right here in Melbourne, we would LOVE to see as many #TeamGreen faces as we can at Etihad Stadium today to support our Stars. But if you can’t make it to today’s matches, you can catch our girls LIVE on the WBBL Facebook page or cricket.com.au, with our boys being shown LIVE on Channel 10 from 7pm.