The tall and the short of it
Sam Harper and Beau Webster aren’t exactly alike at first glance.
One’s a diminutive wicketkeeper. The other is over 200cm tall.
But what they have in common are the colours they wear and the shots they play.
Between the two, they whacked 132 runs and singlehandedly drove the Renegades into a powerful position at the close (5-175).
Harper, coming in at No. 3, cleared the boundary three times on his way to a career-high 73 from just 46 balls, swinging the momentum the ‘Gades’ way.
He and Webster combined to add 71 runs for the fourth wicket, coming to the crease at 3-48 and parting at 4-119 in the rush hour.
Webster (59 not out from 40 balls) played some towering shots late in the piece, clearing the off-side fence and almost sending another one onto the roof over cow corner.
Considering the circumstances they faced at the beginning of their partnership, it could well be seen as the best batting performances of the season.
Not the ideal start
The Renegades weren’t without their early innings issues.
New opening pair Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, who have previously opened together in Tests for Australia, came and went in quick time.
Finch fell first ball without scoring, while Harris raced to 14 from 13 before his night came to a close.
The man in the middle of it all? Jhye Richardson. The Perth paceman bowled beautifully across his four overs, finishing with 3-22 and a maiden.
It was Marsh v Marsh all over again.
After the brothers came up against each other in Perth last month, they were back at it again, this time at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium.
Unfortunately for fans of cricket all over, the brotherly battle came to a premature end.
Mitch Marsh, captaining Perth, finished Shaun Marsh’s night before it even got out of the blocks. He was gone for two from eight balls, leaving the Renegades without one of their best in the middle order and headline writers without some golden material.
Got a curious fact for us?
Sam Harper is quickly making a name for himself as one of the standout Twenty20 wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country.
He is yet to make a century in domestic cricket in his short career, but he has already compiled six half centuries. He has made three scores of 39 or higher in BBL|09, sits third on the Renegades’ run scoring leaderboard and, importantly, is going at the best strike rate of any ‘Gade (154.76, ahead of Dan Christian’s 152.83).
What comes next?
The Renegades will head back to Melbourne for their second date with the Stars in less than a week. The match will begin at 7.10pm (AEDT) at Marvel Stadium on Friday 10 January. Be there.