Boyce claimed the terrific figures of 2-15 off his four overs, slotting back into the side seamlessly.
“Leading into the game I just wanted to contribute in some way and then hopefully get the win,” Boyce said.
“Leading into the last couple years before I missed out, I felt like I was bowling as good as I ever have.
“It’s always nice when you get a couple wickets, but I’d swap them now if we can have a couple wins.”
Boyce said he faced serious doubts on whether he would return to the level.
“I reckon I thought about it (not playing again) a lot of times over the last couple of years,” Boyce said.
“Last year dealing with some health stuff and then night before the first game, tore my calf… I’d never done anything like that before.
“I think with where I’m at with my career and outside stuff with family and all that sort of thing, it’s fairly simple now, it’s get back and try to contribute.”
The Renegades environment has played an important part in Boyce’s return to the BBL.
“The beauty of the team that we have and the support staff that we have, it’s not hard to feel like you fit back in with the group,” Boyce said.
“I feel like I’ve done it for a long enough time now that I can get back on that bike again and just feel natural.”
Boyce said that the focus moves firmly to the Derby, where the Renegades will be looking to improve on recent performances.
“We’re always up for those games,” Boyce said.
“Looking at their team now they’ve got a few guys back as well, so they’re going to be a really hard challenge too.
“Both teams are going to be keen for that win so I’m sure it’s going to be a good game.
“The beauty of the competition now is fifth spot gets you into finals, so we just need to aim for that.”