We’re past the halfway mark of the WBBL and the ladder is starting to take shape.
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
The Renegades snuck home by one wicket with one ball to spare in a cracking match at Marvel Stadium.
The Stars started off well, with Lizelle Lee and Ange Reakes putting on 65 for the opening wicket, but as has often been the case this tournament, their middle order let them down, and they posted just 130. Amy Satterthwaite took 3/16 and was the pick of the bowlers.
Satterthwaite also top scored with 37 in the Renegades run chase, but it was the frenetic final few overs that made this match a thriller.
Needing just eleven runs off the last three overs, the Renegades made hard work of finishing off their chase, leaving it to the second last ball to hit the winning runs.
Lea Tahuhu – who is not exactly known for her batting prowess – eventually hit the winning runs, but the Renegades seemingly tried their best to lose it, with three close run out calls in the final over.
Courtney Webb ended with 21 not out, playing a crucial role as Melbourne’s tail crumbled around her.
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder
These two teams played out two thrillers in two days, but it was Perth who prevailed in both matches.
Meg Lanning triple checking the win belongs to the Scorchers! 😂 pic.twitter.com/7x3eOjcund— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 30, 2018
In the first match, Perth pulled off a massive run chase of 180 with just one ball to spare. The stars were out to play for both teams, with Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest and Harmanpreet Kaur all passing 40 for the Thunder.
Sydney would’ve been favourites going into the break with 179 on the board, despite a flat pitch and a strong Perth batting line-up, but Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning had other ideas, with Lanning in particular blasting Thunder bowlers all over the park.
The only way the Thunder could get the Aussie skipper out was through a calamitous run out, where Villani and Lanning were both at the same end of the pitch after an lbw appeal caused confusion. Villani was on just 14 at the time, but clearly, she wanted to make amends for running out her skipper, and from that point onwards she upped the ante.