Youngsters stand up
Set an imposing 172 for victory, rising young Renegades Mackenzie Harvey and Jake Fraser-McGurk were thrust into the limelight and didn’t look out of place with the bat against a high quality Strikers’ attack.
Harvey strode to the crease to open the innings alongside captain Aaron Finch (0 runs off 1 ball), but quickly found himself without his senior partner after the skipper was dismissed by the first ball of the chase.
He was joined by fellow youngster Sam Harper (31 off 30) and put on 67 in 55 balls before Harper’s night ended, bowled by Danny Briggs (2-17).
From there, the Gades’ innings began to crumble, but Harvey stood tall, making 34 from 28 balls before he fell to Wes Agar (3-23).
Fraser-McGurk, meanwhile, came to the crease at the fall of the fifth wicket and remained not out for 11 as his partners fell at the other end.
Strong start with the ball
Things looked brighter earlier in the night when the bowling of Kane Richardson (2-38) and Imad Wasim (2-13) kept the Strikers in check.
Richardson sent Phil Salt (8 off 11) back to the sheds early before Mohammad Nabi (1-32) chimed in, claiming the scalp of Matthew Renshaw (35 off 28). Two wickets fell with the score on 72, as Wasim had Alex Carey (24 off 24) and Jonathan Wells (2 off 3) caught in the deep. Unfortunately, that’s where the Renegades’ fun ended.
Player of the Match Ryan Gibson (43 not out off 31) and Jake Weatherald (51 off 25) took the game by the scruff of the neck, adding 96 in only 52 balls as the run rate ballooned in the closing overs.
Eventually, the Strikers ended their innings on 5-171 – a total the Renegades would have fancied, but were ultimately unable to match.
What comes next?
The Renegades’ journey continues, this time with a second match against the Strikers at the Adelaide Oval on Friday at 6.10pm (AEDT). The match will be broadcast on Fox Cricket.