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Gades knocked by Sixers

13 December 2020

After a bright start to BBL|10, the Melbourne Renegades came back to earth with a thud courtesy of a 145-run loss to the Sydney Sixers in Hobart on Sunday.

The Renegades took down the Perth Scorchers by seven wickets only 24 hours earlier, but were humbled by a red-hot Sixers outfit that shone with both bat and ball.

A promising start
Six overs into the night, things looked pretty good for the Renegades.

The Sixers were 2-40, with Jack Edwards (1 run off 2 balls) and James Vince (17 off 16) back in the sheds in quick time.

New spinner Peter Hatzoglou (2-40) was again proving hard to pick, and Kane Richardson (1-37) had found his line and length from the get go.

At this stage, the Sixers’ run rate wasn’t anything to write home about, and the Gades looked every chance of securing their second win in as many nights.

Sixers hit their straps
Things all began to change around the midway point of the innings as Josh Philippe (95 off 57) and Daniel Hughes (32 off 23) took charge.

Philippe, in particular, was commanding in all ways, dominating the strike and the bowling in equal measure.

He raced to a career-high score at a strike rate of 166.67, clubbing nine fours and three sixes in an innings that only came to an end in the final over.

To rub salt into the wounds, former Renegades hero Dan Christian (11 off 3) provided a late cameo that carried the Sixers over the 200 run mark and set the Gades a mighty task in their run chase.

No answers with the bat
Unfortunately for the Renegades, that task proved too big this time around.

Captain Aaron Finch (12 off 7) fell first, then Sam Harper (1 off 3), Rilee Rossouw (0 off 1) and Beau Webster (2 off 6) were all dismissed in quick succession as Ben Dwarshuis (4-13) tore through the top order.

From 4-25, only Jake Fraser-McGurk (13 off 10) and Kane Richardson (13 off 10) reached double figures as the Gades were bowled out for 60 in the eleventh over.

A milestone moment
While the match was short on highlights for Renegades fans, one man who had cause to savour a moment was Kane Richardson, who became the first Renegade to take 50 BBL wickets.

Richardson, who first played for the club in 2017, has now taken 50 wickets in 34 matches at an economy rate of 7.68.

He is streets ahead of the rest of the pack, leading former Gades Nathan Rimmington (34) and Dwayne Bravo (33) and current teammate Cameron Boyce (30) on the tally board.

What comes next?
The Renegades will have the entire working week to lick their wounds before reloading against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Saturday.