Top-four Contenders Renegades, Heat Suffer Massive Defeats

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Top-four Contenders Renegades, Heat Suffer Massive DefeatsHurricanes shocked table toppers Renegades.

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades

Out of the reckoning for a spot in the knockouts, Hobart Hurricanes came up with a clinical performance in their penultimate game to defeat table-toppers Melbourne Renegades by a massive 52-run margin in Mackay. Half-centuries from Ruth Johnston and Mignon du Preez powered the Hurricanes to 161/5. In reply, the Renegades were bowled out for 109, with Sasha Moloney bagging three wickets while Johnston continued to have a good game, picking up 2-17, and Tayla Vlaeminck too bagged a couple of wickets.

Asked to bat first, the Hurricanes lost Rachel Priest in the first over as she was dismissed by Sophie Molineux for a duck. The Hurricanes, though, received a superb platform through Johnston and du Preez's 120-run stand that lasted till the 15th over. The two batters scored 12 fours and 2 sixes between them before falling in quick succession. Naomi Stalenberg's 12-ball 21 provided good finish to the innings. The Renegades batters struggled to get off the blocks in the chase, and also lost wickets at regular intervals. Jemimah Rodrigues' 19 off 21 was the highest score among the top eight while Ellie Falconer's 24 not out off 12 batting at No. 9 did little to change the tone of the one-sided battle as the Renegades were bowled out in the 18th over.

Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 161/5 in 20 overs (Ruth Johnston 63, Mignon du Preez 50; Courtney Webb 2-27) beat Melbourne Renegades 109 in 18 overs (Ellie Falconer 24*; Sasha Moloney 3-17, Ruth Johnston 2-17) by 52 runs.

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder

Out of the finals race after the loss in their previous game, Thunder came back strongly to defeat Brisbane Heat by nine runs in Mackay. Sammy-Jo Johnson's half-century and useful contributions from the rest of the batters helped Thunder post 162/5. Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne scored fifties in the chase but a strong performance with the ball by Thunder in the second half of the second innings, led by two wickets apiece for Samantha Bates, Deepti Sharma and Hannah Darlington – helped their side restrict Heat to 153/9. Heat are currently third on the points table with 15 points from 13 games.

After Thunder opted to bat, Smriti Mandhana and Johnson provided a strong start as they dealt in regular boundaries to extend their partnership past 50 in the powerplay. Mandhana fell in the 20s but Johnson continued positively to bring up a 34-ball fifty in a 52-run stand with Phoebe Litchfield. From 109/1, Thunder slipped to 116/4 but managed to post a competitive total thanks to useful contributions from the lower middle order. The Heat's chase was powered by a 99-run partnership involving Harris and Redmayne, with 52 of those runs coming in the powerplay. Harris raced to a 33-ball 50 but Heat lost quick wickets as the balance shifted in favour of Thunder. Despite Redmayne scoring a fifty, losing wickets regularly and their inability to catch up with the required rate Heat slipped to their fifth loss.

Brief scores: Sydney Thunder 162/5 in 20 overs (Sammy-Jo Johnson 52, Smriti Mandhana 29; Nadine de Klerk 1-15) beat Brisbane Heat 153/9 in 20 overs (Georgia Redmayne 54, Grace Harris 50; Deepti Sharma 2-21, Hannah Darlington 2-23) by 9 runs.

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