An unusual gaffe from the Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Emma Inglis nearly cost her team their Women’s Big Bash League encounter against the Sydney Sixers in Victoria on Wednesday. In a dramatic finish, with the Sixers requiring three runs off the final ball, Inglis inadvertently allowed a second run as Sixers tied the Renegades’ score of 120. Renegades, however, prevailed in the one-over eliminator.
With two to defend, Renegades offspinner Amy Satterthwaite pitched up to Sarah Aley, the Sixers No. 9, whose drive trickled down behind square off the inside edge. With the throw from fine leg coming on accurately to Inglis, the two batsmen had just enough time for a single. However, Inglis, in her excitement, threw the ball in the air after collecting it cleanly to kick off celebrations among the Renegades players, leaving the ball still in play. Aley showed sharp presence of mind in spotting that quickly and took off for the second.
Satterthwaite seemed to be the only Renegades player to have understood what had happened and began to frantically sprint towards the stumps. By the time Inglis had realised her blunder and turned around, Satterthwaite had swooped down on the ball. She dived towards the stumps with the ball in her outstretched right hand, but with Aley having put in a timely dive of her own, Sixers secured the tie.
The one-over eliminator also went to a last-ball finish. The Sixers lost two wickets as Renegades medium-pacer Hayley Jensen conceded just one four and restricted them to 8. Though the Renegades began with a first-ball four, Sixers stretched the game to the last ball, before Jess Cameron knocked off the requisite one run to seal the win.
The Renegades collected two points to move past the Adelaide Strikers into fourth position, while the Sixers remained in second despite their defeat.