Melbourne Renegades upset Strikers in WBBL

Oliver Caffrey
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Cellar-dwellers Melbourne Renegades have damaged Adelaide Strikers' WBBL finals aspirations by notching an upset seven-wicket victory.

The Strikers could have jumped into fourth on the ladder by defeating the Renegades but were instead comprehensively outplayed at Sydney Showgrounds Stadium on Wednesday.

Star Renegades allrounder Sophie Molineux (52 and 1-18) was the hero, posting her first half-century of the WBBL and keeping it tight with the ball to help restrict the Strikers to a paltry 6-122.

Carly Leeson (3-14) and Lizelle Lee (48) also played key roles in the Renegades' third win of the tournament as they reached 3-123.

It was an encouraging turnaround for the Renegades, who were demolished by the Sydney Thunder less than 24 hours earlier.

The Victorian teams enjoyed a golden afternoon with the ladder-leading Melbourne Stars proving too strong for the struggling Hobart Hurricanes.

Teenage gun Annabel Sutherland recorded a stunning 72 to top-score in the Stars' total of 3-159 batting first.

The Hurricanes' chase started in promising fashion but it was downhill from the moment dangerous opener Rachel Priest (24) was trapped LBW by Katherine Brunt (2-12), before being restricted to 8-120 to lose by 39 runs.

In the Sydney derby, the Sixers held on to come out victorious by four runs against the Thunder, despite the best efforts of Phoebe Lichfield.

Chasing 148, and needing 18 of the last over, Lichfield clubbed three consecutive fours to put the Thunder within four runs with a ball to go before finding herself on the end of a perfect yorker from Erin Burns (3-28).

Lichfield finished on 46 as Thunder reached 8-143 in reply to the Sixers 7-147.

Dane van Niekerk (45) top scored for the Sixers, while Sammy-Jo Johnson took 3-25.

The Sixers move to fifth on the table, just outside the top four on net run-rate, while the Thunder remain in the top four with two rounds to go.

Earlier, a brutal knock from Laura Kimmince powered the Brisbane Heat to a fifth-straight victory, upstaging the Perth Scorchers by four wickets after they made 8-137.

Kimmince pulled the Heat back from the brink with a scintillating unbeaten 40 from just 17 balls, to steer them to 6-139.

Brisbane slumped to 3-12 in pursuit of their target, still needing 60 runs to win when Kimmince headed to the crease with seven overs remaining.

Perth's bowlers had no answers to the Heat No.6, who punished deliveries to every corner of Hurstville Oval to clinch a memorable victory with four balls to spare.