Reach for the Stars

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket - ELIZA SEWELL eliza.sewell@news.com.au

MEL­BOURNE Rene­gades all­rounder Danni Wy­att has im­plored her side to take risks and play with free­dom as it tries to up­set charg­ing crosstown ri­val Mel­bourne Stars at the MCG to­day.

The Stars are top of the WBBL table while the Rene­gades are bot­tom on 1-6.

Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Wy­att re­mem­bers the roar of the MCG crowd when she hit the win­ning runs as the Rene­gades downed the Stars last sum­mer and hopes to ex­pe­ri­ence that again.

“When you hit a four, you’d get that louder cheer and you’d get goose bumps,” Wy­att said.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing and some­thing you don’t get very of­ten. Hope­fully to­mor­row it will be the same, if not bet­ter.”

Wy­att said the wicket of Stars cap­tain Meg Lan­ning was the key.

“If we get (Lan­ning) out we’re con­fi­dent we can bowl them out for less than 120, which will be a par score at the MCG,” Wy­att said.

“Run­ning be­tween the wick­ets will be the key when we bat. One of the things we’ve spo­ken about is we need to be bat­ting with more in­tent and free­dom in­stead of just wait­ing for the bad ball. We’ve got to take risks, which is what T20 cricket is all about.”

Wy­att had played in front of 8000 fans at Bris­tol, but said crowds at last sea­son’s WBBL der­bies out­stripped that.

“I know the first time I came here about six years ago with Eng­land no one knew women played cricket over here,” Wy­att said.

“There’s been a huge change. They’re ex­pect­ing at least 50,000 to be there at the end of our game.”

Wy­att said the young Rene­gades side was still find­ing pos­i­tives from its sea­son.

“It’s been tough for us but we’ve got a re­ally young team ... so there’s no ex­pec­ta­tions on us,” she said. “We’re just go­ing out there ev­ery time with a big smile on our faces.”

English in­ter­na­tional Danielle Wy­att will be hop­ing to have an im­pact for the Rene­gades in to­day’s derby.

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