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Dynamic Duo unable to lift Gades to Victory

22 December 2021

An explosive partnership between Nic Maddinson and Aaron Finch wasn’t enough to get the Renegades over the line against the Perth Scorchers, in one of the most entertaining KFC Big Bash matches of BBL11 to date.

The Renegades were bolstered by the inclusions of experienced pair James Pattinson and Aaron Finch ahead of the game, with former captain Finch named to play his first game of the BBL|11 season.

The Scorchers won the bat flip and elected to bat first, with Renegades bowler Reece Topley proving difficult to get away early for the Scorchers.

Pattinson’s return was an instant success, as he picked up the wicket of the dangerous Josh Inglis in his first over.

New captain Nic Maddinson swung the bowling changes throughout the innings, with a total of seven bowlers used.

Mitch Marsh survived an early scare, as a half-chance went begging for the Renegades with Jake Fraser-McGurk almost pulling off another boundary line catch.

The skipper turned to young prodigy Will Sutherland for the breakthrough wicket, and the Chief delivered, snaring the wicket of opener Cam Bancroft (24 off 21) right as Bancroft was hitting his straps.

Mitch Marsh continued his rich vein of form following his 100* off 60 balls against the Hurricanes, by blasting 86 off 53 deliveries.

Marsh’s exquisite timing and powerful hitting was on show, as he continued his impressive stroke play which has seen the Scorchers unbeaten to this point in the tournament.

Kane Richardson was reintroduced into the bowling attack in the sixteenth over and the Renegades immediately reaped the rewards, with Richardson taking the key wickets of Kiwi Colin Munro (20 off 17) and the explosive Marsh in the same over.

Ashton Turner (20 off 11) and Englishman Laurie Evans (42* off 16) finished the Scorchers innings off strongly, as they powered to a total of 5/206.

Kane Richardson was the pick of the Renegades bowlers with figures of 3/33 from four overs.

Set an almighty task of chasing down 206, in-form youngster Mackenzie Harvey fell victim to swing king Jason Behrendorff in the opening over of the Renegades batting innings.

From there however, captain Nic Maddinson and Aaron Finch steadied the ship to keep the Renegades heavily in the contest.

The dynamic duo obtained the Bash Boost Point for the Renegades, their first for the season so far.

Marsh’s (1/20 from three overs) golden night continued when he dismissed Maddinson for an entertaining 67 off 41 balls, but the Renegades were still well poised for an assault at the Scorchers highest ever away score.

However, the Scorchers regained control via World Cup winning spinner Ashton Agar (2/23 from three overs), who took the wickets of both Finch (68 off 43) and Mohammed Nabi in consecutive balls.

The fixture was also the first-time former Renegade and cult hero Peter Hatzoglou returned to Marvel Stadium. Hatzoglou’s battle with the Renegades batsmen was fascinating, with the Melbourne University product taking 1/40 from his four overs.

Renegades youngsters Fraser-McGurk (30 off 24) and Sutherland (15* off 8) tried valiantly to drag their team over the line late, as the Gades fell just short, scoring 5/185.

It was ultimately not enough as the Scorchers continued their unbeaten start to the season, defeating the Renegades by 21 runs.

The boys in Red have another chance to bounce back when they play the Scorchers again on Boxing Day at Marvel Stadium.