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Match Report vs. Brisbane Heat

28 January 2018

Melbourne Renegades have set up a date with Adelaide Strikers after producing a clinical performance at the Gabba

The Renegades secured their first finals appearance since BBL|02 with a well rounded win against the Brisbane Heat.

Sent into bat, the opening partnership of Marcus Harris and Matthew Short once again fired to set the tone early for the night.

The opening stand of 75 runs was the Renegades best opening wicket partnership for the season. After Harris was dismissed for 42 runs, Short and Cooper continued to pile on the runs – adding 83 runs before Short was caught and bowled on 62.

Set a total of 188 for a win, the Brisbane Heat – bolstered by the return of power hitter Chris Lynn, looked poised to chase down the Renegades total.

However, a spectacular catch by Marcus Harris saw Lynn depart for 21 runs, swinging the momentum in the Renegades favour.

It certainly was a night for the fielders to remember.

Fans were in awe of Cooper’s diving one-hand catch to dismiss Matthew Renshaw, and were then left amazed by Jon Hollands catch to remove the Heat’s Alex Ross.

The Renegades were not short of strong performances, but Tom Cooper once again stole the show with a true all-round performance. The South Australian looked at home at the crease with 65 not-out, before delivering two very economical overs.

Kane Richardson was once again the best of the bowlers for the Renegades, finishing with 4/35 – removing the Heat’s dangerous combination of Lynn and McCullum.

The Renegades will now begin their preparations for the semi-final against the Adelaide Strikers.

While they will benefit from the return of batsman Cameron White, the Renegades will have to find a replacement for the in-form Kane Richardson – who departs the team to play in the Australian T20I series.