Wyatt half century helps Renegades square the ledger against the Strikers
Melbourne Renegades 5 for 154 (Wyatt 61, Devine 2-32) beat Adelaide Strikers 5 for 152 (Devine 48, Brown 2-20) by five wickets
England batter Danni Wyatt produced a dazzling half-century to help the Melbourne Renegades to victory over the Adelaide Strikers at Karen Rolton Oval.
Wyatt struck 10 boundaries in her 61 from just 37 balls to set up a tricky chase of 153 after the Renegades lost Sophie Molineux first ball.
Wyatt shared an 83-run stand with fellow England batter Tammy Beaumont but, after Wyatt's dismissal, the chase nearly ran aground. Beaumont made 41 but took 44 balls in the process before she was adjudged lbw off Suzie Bates despite appearing to hit the ball onto her pad.
Claire Koski was run out, which also appeared to be a line-ball decision, with the Renegades still needing 32 from 23 balls.
Skipper Jess Duffin then took control finding the boundary six times in a skilful 26 from 15 balls to put the Renegades on the brink of victory. She fell with eight runs needed from 12 balls but Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb were able to get the required runs off Megan Schutt without taking the game into the last over.
Earlier, Strikers allrounder Sophie Devine threatened to take the game away from the Renegades as she did on Saturday as she and Bates combined for a 73-run opening stand. Devine crunched 48 off 30 balls including three fours and four sixes before she fell in the 10th over trying to clear the rope a fifth time. Bates was not as free-flowing at the other end and departed shortly after.
Tahlia McGrath and Bridget Patterson rebuilt with a 58-run stand. Patterson played well making 38 from 28 but the late-over bowling from Maitlan Brown, Georgia Wareham, and Molly Strano proved hard to get away.
The trio nabbed all five wickets between them and conceded just 71 runs from their 12 combined overs to give the Renegades an easier chase.