The WBBL ladder is starting to take shape after another massive round of matches.
Scorchers v Renegades
In the first match between the two teams, the Renegades had a fairly comfortable chase as the Scorchers struggled with the bat.
New Zealand Lea Tahuhu took the key wickets of Ellyse Villani and Meg Lanning early, which meant that Perth’s middle order had to try to rebuild the innings. Heather Graham, who is the leading wicket taker in the tournament, took up the task and proved her all-round value, scoring 42 off 41 and rotating the strike well.
The biggest issue for the Scorchers was that they couldn’t find the boundary, hitting just seven fours and no sixes. This was largely due to some tight bowling from the Renegades’ well-rounded attack, with Tayla Vlaeminck the only bowler to go over 7 an over.
The Renegades chased down the target fairly comfortably, with Jess Duffin anchoring the innings and building two solid partnerships with Danni Wyatt and Amy Satterthwaite respectively.
For the third time this round a double header match up was split one all, with Perth beating the Renegades on Sunday.
Aussie stars Ellyse Villani and Meg Lanning put on a clinic, putting on 143 for the first wicket. Lanning was especially clinical, and her ability to manipulate the field was fantastic to watch. She still showed that she has a power element to her game, though, slogging two big sixes over mid-wicket and another one straight back over the bowlers’ head.
When Meg Lanning gets going, it's a sight to behold!— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 23, 2018
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Renegades looked to be a chance in the chase after Danni Wyatt and Sophie Molineux got them off to a good start, but they struggled to keep up with the required run rate due to some tight bowling, especially from Kate Cross. Wickets at inopportune times also proved costly, and no batter put their hand up to make the big score needed to chase down a sizeable total.