Melbourne Renegades 4 for 58 (Kershaw 34*, Mills 3-9) beat Perth Scorchers 2 for 46 (Devine 24*, Ismail 1-12) by 6 wickets (DLS method)
Kershaw smacked 34 not out off just 18 balls to help Renegades chase down a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern adjusted target of 57 with six wickets in hand and three balls to spare after they had slumped to 4 for 15 in the fourth over. The loss means Scorchers will finish 5th on the table and miss the finals just a year after claiming the title with a very similar squad.
But Kershaw played a fearless knock pounding five fours and two sixes. She relentlessly attacked the spinners over midwicket and carved the seamers’ square through the off side to muscle her way to the target. Carly Leeson provided steady support at the other end in a 44-run unbeaten stand.
Earlier, Scorchers’ innings was cut short by rain after the match had initially been reduced to a 16-over-a-side game due to a wet outfield. Scorchers were cruising at 2 for 46 with Sophie Devine and Marizanne Kapp just starting to roll following the early losses of Beth Mooney and Maddy Green. Mooney had fallen for a first-ball duck to Ella Hayward while Shabnim Ismail castled Green in the fourth over. But rain intervened before Scorchers had a chance to accelerate and ended the innings leaving them to defend an adjusted target of 57. Scorchers finish the season in 5th spot while Renegades finished 7th, with four wins from 14 games.