Surging Renegades facing Sydney and thunder
Here's are two things that could halt the Melbourne Renegades' finals push on Tuesday: Sydney Thunder and Sydney thunder.
The surging Renegades flew south on Monday on the back of Sunday's win over Brisbane Heat in Mackay. It was the Renegades' fourth consecutive victory in the Women's Big Bash League and sent them into the top four as the WBBL season heads into its home stretch.
The Renegades' destiny is largely in their own hands. Two wins in their final three games will be enough to secure a maiden finals berth. It would be the first time a Victorian club has made the semi-finals of the WBBL.
Renegades quick Maitlan Brown, who took 3-17 against the Heat, said it would mean "absolutely everything" to her teammates if they could break the drought.
"We've tried so hard the last couple of years. Been really unlucky. We've got a really strong squad and I think getting to the finals would really light the fire and make me more determined to try and win the whole thing," Brown said.
"But at the moment we're still focusing on the here and now."
The second-placed Thunder await at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday, but looming storms in Sydney could leave the points shared.
The Renegades enter the match one point and net run rate clear of fourth-placed Perth Scorchers, who have a pair of games against lowly Adelaide to come. The Renegades also still have games against bottom side Hobart and the top-of-the-ladder Sydney Sixers.
"Hopefully the rain stays away and we can get on the field and have another [win]," Brown said.
Brown added that the Renegades' confidence had never wavered despite their slow start to the season.
"I think the belief was always there," she said.
"We were just sort of struggling with our execution. We're a really close squad. There were never any bad vibes. We always stick together. We just learn from the losses."
The Renegades have named an unchanged squad for Tuesday's match, and will be hoping gun all-rounder Sophie Molineux can continue the form that has led to her claiming three consecutive player of the match awards.
Molineux has hit her straps following a mid-season break in which she returned home to Bairnsdale and missed a game.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter.