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Gades ask questions but Heat have the answers

14 January 2021

Gallant efforts from the middle order and the bowlers weren’t enough for the Melbourne Renegades to avoid a five-wicket loss to the Brisbane Heat at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Thursday night.

The Renegades made a competitive 6-149 and at times looked capable of tearing the match apart with the ball, only for the Heat to remain steady when the game called for cool heads.

Heat home after a scare
Chasing 150 for victory on a pitch that offered something for the slower bowlers was always likely to have its moments.

And even when the Heat glided to 46 without loss during the seventh over, there was still the sense the Renegades would find an opening.

They ended up having several moments, but were unable to capitalize on them when they arose.

Chris Lynn (50 runs off 40 deliveries) gave the chase the ballast it needed but he lived dangerously throughout. The Heat skipper was dropped twice and was caught off a back-foot no ball, each denying the Gades the opening they needed to tackle Brisbane’s middle order.

They eventually got the chance to attack the said middle order, and for a brief moment appeared to be in the ascendency when spinners Imad Wasim (1-28) and Peter Hatzoglou (2-28) reduced them to 5-118 with 23 balls remaining and 32 runs still required.

But the experience of Joe Burns (31 not out off 14) and Jimmy Peirson (4 off 4) was telling, with the pair guiding the Heat home safely with eight balls to spare.

The tall and the short of it
At 4-59 after eight overs, the Renegades again asked the question of their middle order: Could they rescue them from a slow start?

For the second match in a row, the middle order answered the call.

The tallest man, Beau Webster (50 not out off 40 deliveries), and the smallest, Jake Fraser-McGurk (40 off 33), were superb, adding 58 for the fifth wicket, steadying the ship until the final overs.

Once Fraser-McGurk fell, Webster took charge, helping add 32 from the final 21 balls, moving to his first half century of the season and the Renegades to a very defendable 6-149 on a wicket that seemed to suit the spinners.

Webster’s innings included three fours, two sixes, plenty of patience and lots of hard running between the wickets.

What comes next?
The Renegades will make their long awaited return to Melbourne to take on the Stars in the first of back-to-back Derbies on Sunday at the MCG.