Renegades open their WBBL account

England's Danni Wyatt drove the Melbourne Renegades to a WWBL win over Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.
England's Danni Wyatt drove the Melbourne Renegades to a WWBL win over Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.

The Melbourne Renegades have exacted swift retribution on the Adelaide Strikers to secure a 1-1 WBBL weekend split with a five-wicket win.

After losing to the Strikers by six wickets on Saturday, the Renegades evened the ledger at Karen Rolton Oval on Sunday when they reeled in the hosts' score of 5-152 with an over to spare.

England international Danni Wyatt crunched 10 boundaries in a sublime 61 for the Renegades to earn player-of-the-match honours before captain Jess Duffin (26) produced a flurry of timely boundaries, just when the asking rate was beginning to rise.

The Strikers were looking good when the dangerous Sophie Molineux nicked the first ball of the Renegades' innings, a wide loosener from Sophie Devine, through to keeper Tegan McPharlin.

But fellow opener Wyatt soon got going and dominated an 84-run second-wicket union with Tammy Beaumont, who made 41 against her old team.

Devine (2-32) was the best of the Adelaide bowlers after earlier standing out with the bat.

The New Zealand star walloped four sixes in her 30-ball knock of 48 before falling to a fine Claire Koski outfield catch after she had dominated a 73-run opening stand with her Kiwi 'Smash Sister', captain Suzie Bates (24).

Maitlan Brown (2-20) and Molly Strano (2-28) provided economy and breakthroughs to quell the Strikers, who were also solidly served by Bridget Patterson (38) and Tahlia McGrath (24) but had no-one capable of matching Wyatt's sustained brilliance.

Australian Associated Press