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Melbourne Renegades 5 for 142 (Rodrigues 75) beat Sydney Thunder 8 for 133 (Mandhana 64, Webb 3-21) by nine runs
Defending WBBL champions Sydney Thunder remain winless from five outings after succumbing to the Melbourne Renegades.
Not even a classy 64 from Indian star Smriti Mandhana could help the Thunder secure a breakthrough victory in Launceston on Wednesday. Once Mandhana was bowled by her international teammate Harmanpreet Kaur in the 16th over, the Thunder's hopes of reeling in the Renegades' 5 for 142 were dead and buried.
Thunder were adamant about not panicking after Tuesday's defeat to the Melbourne Stars, but with just one point - coming from a washed-out game - their title defence is officially in tatters. Their task was always going to be hard without captain Rachael Haynes, who is on parental leave and was also battling injury during Australia's recent multi-format series against India. It has proved to be a baptism of fire for teenage star Hannah Darlington as stand-in skipper.
But Renegades' title chances continue to look rosy with Kaur and fellow Indian star Jemimah Rodrigues now coming into their own. Rodrigues set the tone for the Renegades' third win of the tournament, compiling an unbeaten 75 in a player of the match performance. She put on a 84-run opening stand with Josephine Dooley (37), which immediately put pressure on the Thunder in the field. Renegades' Courtney Webb was the only player to take multiple wickets, and had an unsuccessful attempt at a hat-trick on the last ball of the game.
Hobart Hurricanes 4 for 147 (du Preez 62) beat Melbourne Stars 4 for 144 (Garth 44, Bouchier 42*, Vlaeminck 3-27) by six wickets
A powerful innings from former South Africa captain Mignon du Preez helped Hobart Hurricanes to an unlikely four-wicket victory over the Melbourne Stars.
The Hurricanes got off to a slow start in pursuit of the Stars' 4 for 144, but du Preez was a force to be reckoned with as she clubbed 62 from 45 balls in a knock that included three sixes. Australian star Nicola Carey (24) and Indian international Richa Ghosh (24 not out) also chipped in with crucial knocks to see the Hurricanes home with four balls to spare. It was the highest successful chase of the season so far and lifted Hurricanes up to fourth.
Irish allrounder Kim Garth, who bowled three consecutive maidens in her previous match, continued her hot form for Stars, top-scoring with an unbeaten 44 and knocking over Ruth Johnston for a duck in the first over. Garth and Maia Bouchier added 83 for the fourth wicket after Stars had lost 3 for 9 in two overs against Tayla Vlaeminck who picked up all three, with both Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani chopping on.