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Renegades Too Good in AB Thriller

27 November 2019

The Brisbane Heat’s quest for rebel Women’s Big Bash League final hosting rights have taken a slight hit after going down to the Melbourne Renegades in a thrilling game at Allan Border Field.

English allrounder Danni Wyatt was the star of the show for the visitors, taking two wickets and hitting 87 from 55 balls as the Renegades chased down the Heat’s total of 183 in 19 overs to keep their season alive.

Cheered on by former Heat batter and new number one ticket holder Ash Barty, the home side looked to have hit a competitive 4-183 from their 20 overs, led again by star duo Beth Mooney (86 from 57) and Jess Jonassen (51 from 34). Mooney’s score was the seventh time she has passed 50 for the tournament, moving her tally to 622 to see her atop the run-scorers list.

In reply the Renegades’ chase got off to a shaky start when Anna Lanning departed in the second over, however a 74-run stand between Wyatt and countrywoman Tammy Beaumont had them in the game before the latter departed with the score on 81.

Jess Duffin then proceeded to take the reins where Beaumont left off, smashing an undefeated 50 from 27 balls to see her side home, and in doing so drawing the Renegades level with the Sydney Sixers on 12 points with two games remaining.

The loss for the Heat leaves the door ajar for the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers to snatch finals weekend hosting rights.

Heat fans will be hoping Brisbane can bounce back against the Melbourne Stars this Sunday and that the Adelaide Strikers go down to the Sydney Sixers in one of their remaining two games to lock in top place on the WBBL ladder.

The WBBL|05 finals will see the minor premier host both the semi-finals and final across the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December.