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Hobart Hurricanes became the first team to get knocked out of the ongoing Women's Big Bash League as they lost to Brisbane Heat in their most recent encounter. They'll be up against Melbourne Renegades in their next match who are well and truly in the race to the final four. The match is scheduled to be played on 3rd January at Simonds Stadium, Geelong. Renegades are at the fifth spot in the points table but have played at least a game less than everyone above them except Sydney Thunder. A win here will take them closer to the top-four, just one point shy of Perth Scorchers. Hobart Hurricanes have nothing to lose and as we've seen many times with different teams in the past, it might well boost their performance.
Melbourne Renegades registered a much-needed win in their local derby match against the Stars which they'll certainly be proud of. The win took them a point clear of the Stars to the fifth position in the points table.
Batting first on a dicey-looking surface, Sophie Molineux and Danielle Wyatt provided their team with an excellent start with Hyatt getting dismissed only after the team's total was 67. She contributed with 32 in an important partnership with Sophie Molineux. Although Molineux held one end up, there wasn't any significant contribution from the rest of their batters. Molineux's 78 took their total of 149 which eventually proved to be more than enough.
Their batters did their job to perfection on a surface which was not easy to bat on. Strano has been splendid in the tournament so far and ranks third in the most wickets chart for the tournament and was instrumental in restricting Stars for just 101. She picked three wickets for 25 and was the pick of their bowlers. Wareham returned with the figures of 4-0-19-2 as Renegades won by a considerable margin of 48 runs.
Sophie Molineux, Danielle Wyatt, Jess Duffin, Claire Koski, Amy Satterthwaite, Courtney Webb, Emma Inglis, Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Lea Tahuhu.
After smashing Brisbane Heat in the earlier encounter, Hobart Hurricanes once again found ways to lose after being in a decent position as they lost to the same team in their repeat contest.
Electing to field after winning the toss, Hurricanes' opening bowlers failed to put any sort of pressure whatsoever on Heat's opener as Heat got off to a terrific start. Hurricanes, however, bounced back in the middle overs with an incredible spell of bowling by Veronica Pyke and Heather Knight. Meg Phillips, too, chipped in with a couple of wickets towards the end of the innings and completed her spell with the impressive figures of 4-0-22-3.
It was a similar target to what they had chased a couple of days ago, but the vulnerabilities displayed during the chase in that game were once again on the exhibition. Their top-order was dismissed rather cheaply with only Mikayla Hinkley and Sasha Maloney getting to the double figures. With no real contribution from anyone in their lineup, they were dismissed for a total of 80 runs as they lost the match by a massive margin of 58 runs.
Smriti Mandhana, Erin Fazackerley, Mikayla Hinkley, Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Georgia Redmayne, Sasha Moloney, Katelyn Fryett, Brooke Hepburn, Meg Phillips, Rhiann O' Donnell.
It's the end of the road for Hobart Hurricanes as far as qualification for the next round is concerned, but they still have a huge role to play in the tournament. With nothing to lose, they can be really threatening and can spoil the chances of the other teams still in contention. For Renegades, it is an high-stakes encounter and will be desperate to register a win in it. Going by the recent form, consistency, and the teams on paper, the Renegades are better placed to prevail when the two sides lock horns at Geelong on Thursday.