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Batsmen fire for Gades

11 December 2017

The Melbourne Renegades have had a strong hit-out in the lead up to the opening BBL game at Sunday’s practice match at Geelong Cricket Ground.

In front of 4000 fans at the Melbourne Renegades Family Day, it was a decent run for the squad missing only internationals Dwayne Bravo and Mohammad Nabi.

 

New signings Tim Ludeman (97* off 49 balls) and Brad Hodge (81* off 61 balls) were able to make light work of Team Red’s score of 8-189, reaching the target with the loss of just a single wicket and having 17 balls to spare.

 

Ludeman’s crushing knock saw him blast 12 fours and 3 sixes, reaching his half-century off just 20 balls.


His score of 97 not out capped off a weekend that saw him hit 48 against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Friday and 52 for Geelong against Fitzroy Doncaster in Victorian Premier Cricket on Saturday.

 

“It was good to get a hit out in the middle and get all the boys together,” Ludeman said.

 

“A couple came out of the middle and a few shanks, but that’s all part of cricket but it was a good day. It’s been a good build up to the Big Bash and hopefully I’m in form at the right time.”

 

Ludeman told RSN’s Breakfast Club that there’s no backing down in the practice games leading up to the first game, with all players wanting to be at their best before the opening game on December 21.

 

“You want your good players finding form like Finch and Hodge and those sort of guys with the bat,” he said.

 

“Then obviously the bowlers get a good hit out because a lot of guys are coming off playing Shield cricket, they need to practice hitting their yorkers and slower balls and stuff like that, so it’s taken serious enough.”

 

Having played with Brad Hodge at the Adelaide Strikers, Ludeman believes his calm approach will help the Renegades have an improved season in BBL|07.

 

“He’s just such a good relaxed and easy going person. He just creates a sense of calmness out in the middle, his experience that he brings out there relaxes a pressure cooker situation, that’s his amazing skill that he has.” Ludeman said.

 


 

Earlier for Team Red, Renegades captain Aaron Finch “crashed them at the start of the day”, finishing with 76 off just 30 balls, with nine sixes – including plundering four sixes off one over.

 

Tom Cooper (32) and Jack Wildermuth (27) were also able to find the boundary helping Team Red post an imposing score from their 20 overs.

 

Fast bowler Chris Tremain was Team Black’s best bowler with 2-28 from his four overs.

 

Brad Hogg played for both teams, bowling seven overs for the game and was a hit with the fans post-match.

 

The Renegades will next be in action on Friday against the Brisbane Heat in Maroochydore, before taking on the Hobart Hurricanes on December 21 at Blundstone Arena.