Hobart Hurricanes made winning look easy with a comfortable and comprehensive win versus Melbourne Renegades at the Junction Oval in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 (WBBL 2023). With Heather Graham, Molly Strano and Nicola Carey leading from the front with the ball and Ellyse Villani doing the job with the ball, the Hobart Hurricanes sealed a commendable victory on the back of these performances.
Opting to bowl first, Hobart Hurricanes did a respectable job of restricting the Melbourne Renegades. With the openers, Tammy Beaumont and Emma de Broughe were dismissed early on for two apiece as Molly Strano and Shabnim Ismail struck early on; Harmapreet Kaur’s dismissal for 1 by Nicola Carey did not help the cause, as the Renegades were left reeling at 14/3.
The run out of Courtney Webb for 1 was the other major turning point as Lizelle Lee who effected the dismissal in the same over.
With Hayley Matthews quietly batting at the end holding the innings for the Renegades, Jess Duffin was playing the supporting role as she clobbered up 9 off 20 but her dismissal by Graham meant a steep downfall for the Renegades. Georgia Wareham’s 7 did not last long as she was Graham’s victim in the 14th over of the WBBL 2023 match.
Incredible from the keeper!
— Weber Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) November 18, 2023
Molly Strano who was back in the attack struck massively dismissing Matthews for 39 and with Josephine Dooley getting 16, the Renegades ended on a dismal 101/9 in their 20 overs quota in the all-important WBBL 2023 game.
The Hobart Hurricanes deserved credit for their bowling as they not only did a commendable job of restricting the Renegades but also made mincemeat of their batting which has the reputation of going big. Paving the way for this was Heather Graham, Molly Strano and Nicola Carey- the dependable trio who stifled and successfully restricted the Renegades.
150 WBBL wickets for Molly Strano 👏
— Weber Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) November 19, 2023
The runchase was executed to perfection in the WBBL 2023 match by the Hobart Hurricanes who did not seem in any hurry and it reflected in the manner of their run chase. Lizelle Lee’s electric start was shortlived as she was out for 11, and with the experienced Ellyse Villani keeping one end of the batting stable, Bryony Smith gave her perfect company till she was undone by Georgia Wareham for 15.
Villani’s calm and composed 46 coupled with Nicola Carey’s 25, the Hurricanes breezed to a famous win in 17.4 overs. This win meant that the Hurricanes went up to the fifth position in the table and still have a couple of games left and this loss left the Renegades listless at the bottom of the table gasping at straws.
WBBL 2023: Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Brief Scores
Melbourne Renegades 101/9 in 20 overs (Hayley Matthews 39, Josephine Dooley 16*, Heather Graham 3-12, Molly Strano 2-14) lost to Hobart Hurricanes 102/2 in 17.4 overs (Ellyse Villani 46*, Nicola Carey 25*; Hayley Matthews 1-17) by eight wickets.