Matthews stars as Renegades beat Heat, end losing streak

Matthews stars as Renegades beat Heat, end losing streak

Melbourne Renegades 169 for 7 (Matthews 46, Hancock 4-20) beat Brisbane Heat 167 for 9 (Harris 65, Coyte 3-26) by two runs

Melbourne Renegades snapped an eight-game losing streak in a thrilling two-run victory over Brisbane Heat, with captain Hayley Matthews proving the hero in the end.

The Heat needed six runs to win early in the 20th over, bowled by Matthews, but the West Indies star conceded just three runs to keep Nicola Hancock and Courtney Sippel quiet at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field.

Matthews was earlier due a winning score and delivered his best and most influential innings of the WBBL season, scoring 46 off 28 balls to help Renegades score 169 for 7.

Heat opener Grace Harris kept her team in the hunt with a powerful 65 off just 36 balls before a late burst from Jess Jonassen and Hancock put them on the brink of victory at the end of the 19th over.

Matthews took Georgia Redmayne’s first wicket and two deft catches before her heroics in the final over to restrict the Heat to 167 for 9.

With the bat, Matthews hit shots all over the ground. She looked ominous in the final overs until she was bowled by seamer Hancock, who finished with career-best figures of 4 for 20.

Opener Emma de Broughe made a classy 42 at the top of the order and supported Matthews well.

The Renegades were 134 for 2 in the 16th over before Hancock and part-time Harris got them back. Harris went 2 for 16 with his side effect.

The defeat could be costly for the Heat, who remain in third position in the WBBL table with 14 points, two behind the leader Perth Scorchers.