Youngster arrives on the big stage
The 20-year-old Harvey (47 runs not out off 21 deliveries) has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. We’ve seen that across his 21 matches with the Renegades.
But it was on Wednesday night that he stamped himself as one of the most watchable young players in the competition.
Coming to the crease at the end of the 14th over, Harvey and the Renegades had a big mountain to climb, needing 71 runs from the last 37 deliveries.
First, he helped stabilise the innings alongside Jack Prestwidge (14 runs off 18 deliveries), but when his partner left the crease at 5-97, he and Beau Webster (22 not out off 9 deliveries) needed 62 from the last 27 balls.
They did it with two balls to spare.
The pair put on an exhibition of magnificent T20 batting, with Harvey crunching six fours and two sixes and Webster hammering three fours and a six to haul the Gades to a famous victory.
Harvey’s ability to remain cool and calm under pressure was outstanding, very worthy of the Player of the Match award and will put him on the map as a player of the future.
A steady stream before a late flurry
Winning the toss and batting, the Stars weren’t able to make the ideal start, as Josh Lalor opened proceedings with a maiden before dismissing Andre Fletcher (11 runs off 14 deliveries).
Marcus Stoinis (37 off 27) and Nick Larkin (61 not out off 47) hurried to 58 in the ninth over before the headbanded Zak Evans struck, picking up his first two BBL wickets in as many deliveries in his fourth match.
A trickle of wickets threatened to become something bigger as Imad Wasim (1-24) and cult figure Peter Hatzoglou (2-34) carved their way through the Stars’ middle order.
But Larkin stood tall throughout it all, remaining unbeaten on 61 at the end of the innings, and helping Seb Gotch (6 not out off 5) add 41 from the final 19 deliveries.
What comes next?
The Renegades’ season begins to round its final bend, with its second and last match at Marvel Stadium for the season set for Saturday evening against the Brisbane Heat at 4.05pm (AEDT).