HomeWBBL: Melbourne Renegades record-breaking first innings of T20 clash against Brisbane Heat

WBBL: Melbourne Renegades record-breaking first innings of T20 clash against Brisbane Heat



The Melbourne Renegades have maintained their spot atop the WBBL ladder by defending their huge total against the Brisbane Heat.

A record-breaking batting masterclass followed by Ellie Falconer’s destructive display with the ball helped the Melbourne Renegades topple second-ranked Brisbane Heat by 15 runs at Karen Rolton Oval on Saturday and extend their lead at the top of the WBBL points table.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s power, Jemimah Rodrigues’ precision and Eve Jones’ best knock of the season launched the Renegades to 4-207 – the highest score in their history and the second-best in all WBBL games.

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The Heat needed to create history to haul in the monster target – and made a decent fist of it.

But the task proved too tall, Brisbane ultimately undone by the regular strikes from Falconer, born and raised in Clare, 136km north of Adelaide, and playing in front of family for the first time this season.

“They (family) haven’t seen any games yet, so it was nice to be able to do that,” said Falconer, who put the Heat on the back foot when she snared dangerous opener Georgia Redmayne in her first over.

“It gives you confidence when you start with a wicket.”

Rodrigues hit the first two balls of the morning for four en route to a classy 52, while Jones stroked 62 to announce herself as a potential Ashes bolter for England.

The real fireworks were left to Harmanpreet who put on a power-hitting clinic, crunching six sixes in her 65 to continue her golden WBBL campaign.

Georgia Voll struck an enterprising 40 for Brisbane and Laura Kimmince spanked three sixes in her quickfire 43 before being run out in comical fashion, forgetting to ground her bat while jogging to the non-striker’s end as the asking rate continued to climb.

Hurricane Harmanpreet

Harmanpreet’s idol is ex-Indian master blaster Virender Sehwag, while her ability to generate ferocious power with seemingly minimal effort is reminiscent of Rohit Sharma, perhaps the finest opener in white-ball history.

Harmanpreet was watchful early before roaring into top gear when she slog-swept Grace Harris for back-to-back sixes.

She smacked de Klerk and Hancock for 31 off the last two overs, before falling on the last ball of the innings, pouched by Courtney Sippel on the rope while attempting her seventh six.

Brisbane’s fielding blues

Jones was given a life on eight when Nadine de Klerk grassed an early chance in the outer.

It proved a costly reprieve and was symptomatic of Brisbane’s off-colour fielding display.

“The girls have all said they were pretty embarrassed about the fielding standard,” Heat coach Ashley Noffke said.

“We dropped a critical catch in the powerplay and just fumbling and diving over balls which we’d normally stop.”

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