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Gades no match for Perth in the west

03 January 2021

The Melbourne Renegades were no match for the Perth Scorchers, bowled out for 89 in a 96-run loss at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Scorchers go big late
The Renegades started nicely, using their spinners cleverly and bowling tightly to restrict the Scorchers to 3-62 off their first 10 overs.

Youngster Noor Ahmad picked up the first wicket of the day, luring Liam Livingstone (20 runs off 17 deliveries) out of his crease, before Jack Prestwidge took his first wicket as a Renegade, ending Jason Roy’s day (27 off 32) when caught by Aaron Finch.

But that’s where the Gades’ momentum ran out and the Scorchers’ pace began to pick up, as Josh Inglis (72 not out off 41) and Colin Munro (52 off 31) hammered their attack to all corners of the ground, carrying the home side to 3-185 at the close.

Prestwidge was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-32 from his four overs, and leaked only five runs off the 17th over of the innings. A fine effort given the onslaught, and the fact it was only his second match for his new club.

No luck up the top
Chasing 186 for victory, the Renegades changed things up a tad at the top of the order. Finch moved down to No. 3, allowing wicket keeper Sam Harper the opportunity to open alongside the in-form Shaun Marsh.

It wasn’t to be the circuit breaker the Renegades were hoping for, though, as Harper was bowled off only the second ball he faced, right after he had crunched the first ball of the innings for four.

Finch, meanwhile, was back in the sheds only one over later, run out in the most unlucky manner, beaten by a deflection off bowler Jason Behrendorff backing up off at the non-striker’s end.

From there, the wickets fell steadily – far too steadily, for all who support the Renegades – as 2-15 became 6-46 in the seventh over.

Prestwidge played a lone hand at the end of the innings, making a career-high 33 off 22 balls at No. 7 with three sixes to boot.

The tail, through supporting Prestwidge, offered enough resistance to help the Gades secure the Bash Boost point for surpassing 64 at the halfway mark, but it mattered little when Peter Hatzoglou was the final wicket to fall with the score on 89.

Birthday boy celebrates with a wicket

One bright spot for the Renegades was Noor Ahmad, who turned heads as well as the ball in taking 1-36 from his three overs.

While a tad expensive, Noor celebrated his 16th birthday in style when he took the opening wicket of the afternoon.

The international signing now has the scalps of Peter Handscomb and Liam Livingstone under his belt from his two BBL matches, with the promise of plenty more still to come.

What happens next?
The Renegades are now well and truly on the BBL touring treadmill. They will fly to Adelaide where they will take on the Strikers at 7.15pm (AEDT) on Tuesday.