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Gades fall short in a classic

29 December 2020

So near, yet so far. The Melbourne Renegades came ever so close to recording their second win for the season, only for the Jason Holder-inspired Sydney Sixers to prize a two-wicket victory in the final over.

Madness at the finish
In a match that seesawed violently all evening, it was fitting that it came down to the final over to decide the winner.

A double blow from Kane Richardson (2-21), picking up Carlos Brathwaite (4 runs off 4 deliveries) and Ben Dwarshuis (2 off 2) in the penultimate over, meant the Sixers needed 16 off the final over and set the Renegades on course for what looked very much like their second win of BBL|10.

But that’s where Holder stepped in.

The West Indies captain took command against young Renegade Will Sutherland, crashing 16 off the first five balls to seal victory.

The ebbs and flows

Tuesday night’s match had all the qualities of a memorable T20 outing.

The balance of power swung from one side to the other all evening, with the Renegades having their share of moments of control.

In fact, when spinners Mohammad Nabi (2-11), Imad Wasim (2-20) and Peter Hatzoglou (1-37) were in command, the asking rate had begun to get away from the reigning champions.

And when Rilee Rossouw took one of the most spectacular outfield catches of the season, somehow juggling and securing the bobbling ball while sliding along the turf to dismiss the dangerous Jordan Silk (31 off 23), the Gades well and truly had the ascendency.

Alas, Holder’s huge off-side hitting took him to 33 from 18 balls, with three fours and two sixes thrown in for good measure, ensuring his side returned to its hub with a memorable win.

Class with the bat
Earlier in the night, Aaron Finch (39 off 32) and Shaun Marsh (67 off 48) got the Renegades off to the flying start they were hoping for.

The opening pair put on 75 in the first 10 overs before Marsh began to move through the gears, hitting five fours and two sixes while pinching several quick singles in the humid conditions.

Once he was dismissed, Sam Harper (18 off 15) and Nabi (18 off 11) helped bump the Renegades up to a competitive 6-168, and gave the bowlers a target they could set about defending.

What comes next?
The Renegades will be seeking atonement in the first day of 2021, taking on the Sydney Thunder at Metricon Stadium on New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January).