The Melbourne Renegades have used Camberwell Sports Ground as their training base for much of the Rebel WBBL03 season. This included playing four games there during the season. It was great to have quality cricket being played in the suburbs, and hosting these matches gave us a great insight into the amount of effort that goes into making WBBL games work as an event.
Thanks to the players who helped out over the four games with duties around the ground, and a big thanks to Barry Russ who did a power of work to ensure that everything went smoothly from our end.
It all culminated this weekend, as the Renegades took on the Scorchers in consecutive games on Saturday and Sunday. Needing to win both games to give themselves a chance to make finals, the Renegades satisfied the Saturday requirement, winning with four balls remaining.
After Scorchers launched a late flurry to get themselves to 124 from their 20 overs, thanks to 61* from Lauren Ebsary, while Maitlan Brown snared 2/18 from her four overs to be the best of the bowlers.
The chase looked in control with Sophie Molineaux clattering 62 from 45 balls as part of an 87 run opening partnership. A collapse of 6/27 made things tight, but Jess Duffin (13*) saw the Melbourne team over the line with four balls remaining. The video highlights of the game can be found here.
On Sunday, in more oppressive conditions, the Renegades needed the same result but it wasn’t to be. Batting first, Emma Inglis (28) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (26) were the only players to get past the teens as they set 9/112. England World Cup winner Katherine Brunt was the major thorn in the side taking 3/11 from her allotment of four overs.
Perth got off to a fast start, and always looked ahead of the game. They were guided home by Nat Sciver (39* from 33) as they passed the total with 23 balls remaining. You can watch the video of the game here.
Some of the kids who managed to endure the heat headed out onto the ground for a clinic led by the Camberwell Magpies players, and a huge thanks to the Renegades and Scorchers players who stayed around signing autographs and making sure the fans went home happy.
Lastly, but not least, thanks a lot to Boroondara Council and their turf management team for the conditions that they presented to the players. It was great to see the facility looking in such good condition for all four games, and the extra effort that they had to put in to accommodate the Renegades over the past two months.