Maitlan Brown blames batting blues for Renegades' plight

Maitlan Brown scored 16 runs from 15 balls in Melbourne Renegades' loss to Sydney Thunder in the WBBL clash at Canberra this week. The Renegades have to win their next two games to have a shot at a finals berth.

Maitlan Brown scored 16 runs from 15 balls in Melbourne Renegades' loss to Sydney Thunder in the WBBL clash at Canberra this week. The Renegades have to win their next two games to have a shot at a finals berth.

MELBOURNE Renegades cricket all-rounder Maitlan Brown from Wingham believes her side’s batting must improve if they are going to play in the finals of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) this season.

Brown was speaking after her side's four wicket loss to Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval In Canberra this week. 

Renegades were sent into bat and made just 68 on a difficult wicket, with Brown contributing 16 from 15 balls. Thunder lost six wickets before claiming the win.

Brown said her side can still make the finals but must win the final two games against Perth Scorchers. She emphasised they need to make runs, she added, to have any hope.

“We’re really dominating when it comes to fielding and bowling but we're lacking with the bat,’’ she said after the match.

Brown described the pitch as ‘a bit hoppy.’

“But I just watched the ball and hit it,’’ she said, saying the outfield was a lot slower than she expected it to be.

“We have the bowling and the fielding down pat, now we have to concentrate on our batting.

“Hopefully we can go alright the next couple of games,’’ she added.

The Renegades will take on Perth at Camberwell Sports Ground in Melbourne from 2pm on Saturday.

Perth sit in fourth place on 14 points with the Renegades in sixth on 10.

Brown is in her second year of the WBBL.