“Going into that [super over] it was nice having Lizzie down the other end, she did an amazing job for us to get us to a good total that was defendable and Soph did an amazing job to back that up with the ball.
“It was really cool [to bat well in the chase]. It was nice to bat with Josie Dooley who is a South Australian teammate of mine as well.
“I thought she had an amazing innings as well as Amy Yates who came out and whacked a few.
“It was a pretty nice batting deck and unfortunately we went to the super over but happy to come away with the win.”
The super over came after a knock of 41 (29) by Meg Lanning and 40 (29) by Mignon du Preez which set up the Stars’ imposing total of 8-165. It was finished off with heavy hitting by Alana King at number seven, who smashed 27 from 12 deliveries after a mini fightback by the Renegades.
That fightback was sparked by 17-year-old spinner Ella Hayward, who tore through the Stars to get her debut WBBL wicket on her way to figures of 4-16.
Courtney Webb was pivotal to the Renegades chase with 54 off 33, and scored a crucial two off the final ball to force the super over. The Renegades had needed eight from the final over to win.
Elyse Villani saved a four brilliantly on the third ball of the final over, effectively meaning the Stars could get to the super over.
Lizelle Lee began the Renegades run chase strongly with 28 off 17, but was bowled by Sophie Day to bring their score to 2-35.
Josie Doolie’s 36 off 31 balls was important at number three and through the middle of the innings with Carly Leeson (11 off 7) and Amy Yates (17 off 11) supporting Webb’s anchoring knock.
Yates holed out late in the 18th over to give the Stars a sniff, with the Renegades needing 13 off 14 balls to win. Her replacement Molly Strano was bowled by Natalie Scriver for 2 in the 19th over.
Stars bowler Holly Ferling said it was a tough defeat to take, however her side was proud of the way they forced the game into a super over and did not lie down easily in the face of the Renegades fantastic chase.
“Look I think our batters were aggressive again, which is what we set out to do.
“It’s our blueprint and if we go down in a game like that then we’re happy because we were aggressive.
“One thing we can be really proud of is how much we scrapped in the field and with the ball, they really should have beaten us in the 18th or 19th over and we just fought our way back into the game and it really shows what this team is all about.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.