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Winter Watch (w/e 6 Jan): Danni Wyatt's consistent Big Bash form continues into 2019

Danni Wyatt enjoyed another productive week in the Women’s Big Bash. She kicked off the year with 32 off 31 balls as part of a 67-run opening partnership for Melbourne Renegades in their derby against Melbourne Stars at the MCG on New Year’s Day. The Renegades’ 149-5 was enough to see them to a 48-run win over their local rivals.

The Renegades won again on Thursday, with Danni making a run-a-ball 14 as the Renegades beat Hobart Hurricanes by 5 wickets in Geelong. Danni was back in the runs on Sunday, blasting 45 off 37 balls as she and opening partner Sophie Molineux put on 92 against Brisbane Heat at Harrup Park in Mackay. That formed much of the Renegades’ 143-3, a total that proved beyond the Heat. Danni took a catch as the Heat were dismissed for 118.

Georgia bats

Georgia Elwiss was part of the Melbourne Stars team that lost to the Renegades on New Year’s Eve. She made 22 batting at number six during the Stars’ untimately unsuccessful chase. Earlier, the allrounder had been the Stars’ most economical seamer, returning 0-29 from her four overs, and had executed the run out that dismissed Courtney Webb.

The Stars’ had two away matches against Sydney Thunder over the weekend. The first on Saturday ended with no result. The Thunder had made it to 92-3, with Georgia’s solitary over costing just six runs, when rain intervened.

Georgia bowls

Georgia bowled three overs for 23 runs and took a catch as the Thunder made 122-6 batting first on Sunday. Batting at five, the England international made six off four balls as the Stars fell six runs short of victory.  

The Stars sit in sixth place with two matches of the league stage remaining, while Danni’s Renegades are handily positioned in fourth with three games left to play.

Rashid bowls

In the men’s Big Bash, Rashid Khan’s action-packed 21 off seven balls from number eight  hoisted Adelaide Strikers up to 158-6 when batting first against Melbourne Renegades in Geelong on Thursday. A catch and another immaculately tidy four-over spell from the leg-spinner that brought him 1-18 then helped the Strikers to a 32-run win.

Rashid bowls

The Strikers suffered a six-wicket defeat against Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, but Rashid was on top form, nonetheless. He took 2-25 from his four overs as fellow Vitality Blast South Group player Joe Denly’s 76 off 60 balls saw the Sixers reach their target of 151 with ten balls to spare. After six games, the Strikers are in fourth place with three wins and three losses.

Jof bowls

Meanwhile, Jofra Archer and Hobart Hurricanes were victorious over the Sixers on Thursday at the Bellerive Oval. Jofra took the wicket of Sixers’ ‘keeper, Josh Phillipe, and ended with 1-36 as the visitors made 161-8 from their 20 overs. The Hurricanes reached their target with five wickets and a ball to spare.

Archer & Bailey

The Hurricanes suffered their first defeat of this year’s tournament in the early hours of this morning, losing by six wickets away to Melbourne Renegades. After the Hurricanes had set the Renegades 146 to win, Jofra took 0-33 from his four overs as the home side reached their target with four balls remaining. Five wins from six, however, keeps the Hurricanes firmly at the top of the table.

In Australian grade cricket, the Victorian Premier competition is still on its Christmas break meaning no cricket for Luke Wells and George Garton last week. Michael Burgess was in action over in South Australia, however. Barely 48 hours after stepping off a plane from the UK, Michael was part of the Adelaide University CC side that took on Prospect CC in the third round of the West End Twenty20 Cup on Saturday. AUCC posted 188-3 batting first, with Michael making eight at the top of the order, a total that was well beyond Prospect who were restricted to 139-6 from their 20 overs.

Across the Tasman sea, Chris Jordan played the first of his two matches for Northern Knights in New Zealand's Super Smash tournament on Sunday. The Knights edged a thriller against Auckland Aces in Hamilton, with CJ scoring two at number eight during the Knights' innings of 155-9 before bowling four overs for 33 runs as the Aces fell three runs short of their target. 

Over in the subcontinent, the Bangladesh Premier League started on Saturday. Laurie Evans made his debut in the tournament in Dhaka on the same day, scoring 10 for the Rajshahi Kings as they were bowled out for 106 chasing the hefty 190 that Dhaka Dynamites had set them for victory.David Wiese is part of the Khulan Titans squad, but was not in the final eleven for their defeat to Rangpur Riders at Dhaka on Sunday.