Mooney, Heat seek revenge over Renegades
Last time the Renegades and Heat met at AB Field, the Melbourne team pulled off a stunning record chase - now Beth Mooney is out to turn the tables
4 December 2019, 06:29 PM AEST
The last time Brisbane hosted Melbourne Renegades at Allan Border Field, defending WBBL champions the Heat were left shell-shocked as the visitors pulled off a record run chase.
Not that Heat 'keeper-batter Beth Mooney had to be reminded ahead of their re-match at the Brisbane venue - Saturday's WBBL semi-final.
WBBL Finals: Allan Border Field
First semi-final: Strikers v Scorchers, Saturday 10.10am (11.10am AEDT)
Second semi-final: Heat v Renegades, Saturday 1.50pm (2.50pm AEDT)
Final: SF1 v SF2, Sunday 1.40pm (2.40pm AEDT)
Tune in to the WBBL finals on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket, Kayo, the CA Live app or listen on ABC radio
While Brisbane topped the table to earn finals hosting rights, Mooney said their home loss ensured there would be no complacency when they vied for back to back titles this weekend.
Set a daunting 184 to win after Mooney top scored with 86, the unfancied Renegades thrashed Brisbane's highly rated attack around the picturesque ground to reel in the target with an over to spare and win by six wickets just last week.
Mooney admitted they would love payback on Saturday but believed that would be easier said than done.
"It would be (great to gain revenge) but they (Renegades) are a class act," Mooney said.
"Before the start of the season I thought Adelaide and the Renegades would be two of the strongest opponents and they have turned out to be - it should be a tight contest."
The surprise win sparked a run of three straight victories for the Renegades (8-6 record) to ensure fourth spot and a WBBL semi-final berth.
But Mooney ensured Brisbane topped the table with a 10-4 record, finishing second on the run-scorers' list with 672 at 74.67 with a strike rate of 126.55.
And she has predicted more fireworks on Saturday.
"You are only as good as the next game you play. I have had a consistent year and I am happy with how I am hitting them," Mooney said of her form.
"But we know the T20 format is really fickle. The second you start getting ahead of yourself or getting comfortable, that is when you come underdone.
"We've seen that with a few people who haven't performed as well as they would have liked this season, especially with the bat.
"But hopefully I can provide some fireworks on the weekend."