Latest Match Report – Hurricanes vs Renegades 51st Match 2023/24

Hobart Hurricanes 212 for 3 (Lee 101*, Graham 55*, Wareham 2-30) beat Melbourne Renegades 119 all out (de Broughe 40*, Gibson 4-25, Smith 3-17) by 93 runs

South African opener Lizelle Lee has saved the Hobart Hurricanes’ hopes of creating the WBBL finals alive with a robust century in a record-breaking effort by the hosts in opposition to Melbourne Renegades.

Sparked by Lee’s 101 not out off 53 balls, Hurricanes piled up 212 for 3 in Thursday’s match, eclipsing their earlier highest WBBL innings rating by 16 runs. Renegades scored 23 off their first two overs however then misplaced three wickets for seven runs and collapsed once more on the finish, shedding 4 for 3 to be dismissed for 119 off 16.2 overs.

The 93-run victory margin was Hurricanes’ greatest WBBL win by runs and lifted them from sixth to fifth and inside some extent of the fourth-placed Brisbane Warmth. All three groups have another sport.

Lee pounded the Renegades assault, putting 12 fours and 4 sixes, peppering the legside boundaries along with her highly effective strokes. She featured in partnerships of 55 with Elyse Villani and Nicola Carey and a match-tilting fourth-wicket stand of 102 off simply 46 balls with Heather Graham (55 not out off 28).

Famend big-hitter Lee introduced up her third WBBL ton and her first for Hurricanes within the last over whereas Graham smashed a six off the penultimate ball of the innings to notch her first half-century of the WBBL season.

Georgia Wareham briefly dragged Renegades into the sport with two wickets from her first three balls of her spell within the sixth over.

However Hurricanes regained the initiative, after they took their energy surge straight after the mid-innings drinks break. They plundered 14 off every of the 2 overs and continued their onslaught for the rest of the innings regardless of the sluggish outfield depriving them of a number of extra runs.

South African pacer Shabnim Ismail broke by way of Renegades’ high order and spinners Maisy Gibson and Amy Smith cleaned up the remainder. Smith took all of her wickets in a single over on her approach to registering her finest WBBL figures.

Wicketkeeper Lee supplemented her batting heroics with an amazing legside catch to dismiss Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur for a third-ball duck.
Emma de Broughe was the one Renegades batter to impress, taking part in a number of luxurious offside drives amongst her eight boundaries.

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