Adelaide Strikers 2 for 129 (McGrath 50*) beat Melbourne Renegades 6 for 126 (Kaur 41, Coyte 3-20) by eight wickets
A sharp performance with the ball and in the field, followed by more runs for the in-form Tahlia McGrath, set up Adelaide Strikers for a convincing eight-wicket over Melbourne Renegades to maintain their promising start to the WBBL.
Alongside the defeat, there was also a significant injury scare for Renegades with legspinner Georgia Wareham appearing to hurt her knee in the outfield. She went down in visible pain after an attempted stop but was able to make her own way off the ground after being assessed by the physio and doctor.
Although they lost a couple of early wickets, Dane van Niekerk's powerplay charge of 29 off 14 balls with seven boundaries put them well above the rate with Laura Wolvaardt and McGrath coolly completing the chase with 15 balls to spare in an unbroken stand of 82.
McGrath brought up her fifty late in the contest having been dropped the ball before at mid-off.
Strikes kept a hold of the scoring rate in Renegades' powerplay and the pressure brought Sophie Molineux's wicket when she lofted to deep cover where Bridget Patterson added another fine catch to her collection with a superb running grab low to the ground.
In the next over Courtney Webb was bowled by a good delivery from Jemma Barsby that went straight on. Jemimah Rodrigues, who couldn't get going, slog-swept to deep midwicket.
Harmanpreet Kaur played well and was dominating the scoring when she also found deep midwicket against Darcie Brown and it was left to Eve Jones to guide the innings to the 20-over mark but it always felt like they were well short.
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