Matthews powers Hurricanes to win
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Teenage West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews snatched a four-wicket haul to help Hobart Hurricanes stun Melbourne Renegades via the one-over eliminator in a thrilling contest in the Women's Big Bash League here yesterday.
Amy Satterthwaite's unbeaten 52 had propelled Hurricanes to 121 for five off their 20 overs at Queen Elizabeth II Oval, and off-spinner Matthews then derailed the Renegades innings with four for 23 from her four overs, to ensure that the scores were level at the end.
Set 13 to win from the one-over eliminator, Hurricanes easily reached their target with the 18-year-old Matthews and Satterthwaite gathering the required runs.
The victory was the second straight for Hurricanes following their three-run verdict, also over Renegades, on Saturday.
Sent in, Hurricanes lost Matthews cheaply for seven in the third over as they slumped to 56 for four in the 13th over. However, Satterthwaite struck four fours and a six in a 41-ball knock as she put on 45 for the fifth wicket with Corinne Hall (27) to bolster the innings.
Renegades got a start of 32 from captain Rachel Priest (19) and Grace Harris (15) before Matthews, who shared the new ball, removed both in the fifth over to leave the hosts on 34 for two.
However, Kris Britt (36) and Danielle Wyatt (35) added 70 for the third wicket, which seemed to put Renegades firmly in the driver's seat at 104 for two in the 18th over.
But Matthews intervened yet again, accounting for both Britt and Wyatt in her final over - the 18th of the innings - leaving six runs to get for victory off the last.
Renegades were still favoured with one run required off the last ball, but Molly Strano (3) perished via the run-out route.