Melbourne Renegades beaten again despite Chamari Athapaththu knock


Athapaththu made an undefeated 75 for the Renegades but they were comfortably overhauled by Hobart Hurricanes

Hobart: Melbourne Renegades 133-5, Hobart Hurricanes 137-6 – Hobart Hurricanes win by four wickets


The Melbourne Renegades remain bottom of the Women’s Big Bash table after suffering a sixth loss in seven games, despite a half-century of unbeaten streak against Sri Lankan flyhalf Chamari Athapaththu.

Signed to replace Harmanpreet Kaur after the India captain’s late withdrawal from competition with injury, Athapaththu is yet to fire for the Renegades, who desperately need his inspiration.

But she did not finish 75 after Melbourne were asked to beat first by Hobart Hurricanes, although only overseas signing Hayley Matthews offered any real support as their total was eventually comfortably revised.

They put up an opening position of 39 points, but the momentum changed after Maisy Gibson retired Matthews in the sixth. Three balls later, Gibson landed his second, catching Josie Dooley from his own bowl before Sophie Molineux fell in the next to fellow Australia international Nicola Carey.

Gibson returned to the attack at the death to send Courtney Webb and Ellie Falconer on their way in back-to-back deliveries as Athapaththu continued to fight alone. Gibson finished with numbers of 4 for 24.


Athapaththu took 75 steps for Renegades but lacked support in her sleeves (Steve Bell/Getty Images)

In response, the Hobart Hurricanes headed home by four wickets, with scattered contributions in the home side’s top six.

Lizelle Lee and Elyse Villani both fell after making starts, with Rachel Trenaman anchoring the pursuit; she went over nine overs to the crease for her 19 balls from 28, stabilizing the ship alongside Heather Graham (39*) after wickets in successive overs from Villani and Mignon du Preez.

When Molineux finally factored in Trenaman, the equation was such that he only needed 31 out of 32 balls. A six-ball cameo from Ruth Johnston (15), including two fours and a six, gave the Hurricanes the win with 11 balls remaining.

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