A stunning masterclass by captain Jess Duffin has helped Melbourne Renegades to a victory over Hobart Hurricanes at Junction Oval.
After Maitlan Brown was hired by the last delivery to 5: 150 victory at the Hurricanes, he grabbed Nicola Carey quietly over the square leg and secured himself the defeat in the WBBL game of the Renegades.
The home side had big problems at the start of the chase, falling back to 3: 12 after Hobart’s spearhead Belinda Vakawera (2: 21) started with a wicket girl and had cut the top spot.
But the hurricanes simply had no answer for Duffin.
With the questioning rate rising in the balloon, she tows the Renegades single-handedly from a dangerous position to a dominant position by taking the bowlers to all areas of the park.
She snatched 75 from just 49 balls, including four sixes, and was well supported by Courtney Webb (33) in a 78-member Union with the fifth wicket.
Previously, a 92-minute partnership between Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall and England international Fran Wilson had brought visitors to a respectable level after dropping to 4-40.
Hall, who had previously completed only 25 runs at 6.25 for the tournament, returned with an undefeated 50 of 34 balls, while Wilson’s 45 was a fine strike, but it was not enough to stop the Hurricanes’ winning streak on five matches,
The spinners Sophie Molineux (2-25) and Molly Strano (2-29) were the choices of the Renegades bowlers before Duffin provided the heroes with the bat.