Renegades limp to 8-83 in WBBL crunch game

The Adelaide Strikers have one foot in the WBBL final after restricting the Melbourne Renegades to a paltry 8-83 in ‘The Challenger’.

The Renegades were immediately under pressure after being sent into bat at Adelaide Oval, with Strikers quick Megan Schutt (2-23) producing the goods with the first ball of Thursday night’s match.

The Australian international produced an outstanding inswinger to bowl makeshift Renegades opener Josie Dooley.

It did not get any better for the Renegades as all Strikers bowlers got in on the action, limping to the fourth-lowest total in their history.

Spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington, who produced the best bowling figures in WBBL history in Wednesday night’s ‘Eliminator’ victory over Brisbane Heat, claimed the key scalp of Jess Duffin to overtake Jess Jonassen as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker.

Schutt’s opening partner Darcie Brown was just as lethal, finishing with economical figures of 2-9.

Not even Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur, who was named as the tournament’s leading player, could rescue the Renegades as she was trapped lbw for seven.

Renegades captain Sophie Molineux did not appear after opening the batting for much of the tournament, believed to be carrying an injury.

The winner will meet the Perth Scorchers in Saturday night’s decider at Optus Stadium.

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