A powerful powerplay
The Renegades have had some challenges in getting early breakthroughs during their bowling powerplay during the first half of BBL|09, but things appear to be changing.
Hot off the back of having the Stars 3-54 after 6.5 overs on Friday night, the ‘Gades had the Strikers in a spot of bother at 4-81 after 10.4 overs.
Openers Phil Salt (18 runs off 12 balls) and Jake Weatherald (27 runs off 12 balls) got off to a flyer, only for some Tom Cooper creativity on the boundary rope ending Salt’s day off Jake Weatherald.
A short time later, Weatherald fell victim to the spin of Mohammad Nabi with just his ninth ball of the summer after arriving in Australia just a few days earlier.
Travis Head looked set with 22 runs from 20 deliveries, only for Cameron Boyce’s leg spin to cut the captain’s day short thanks to a clever catch from Joe Mennie behind the wicketkeeper.
Harry Nielson (4 runs off 9 balls) holed out to Samit Patel, and at 4-81, the ‘Gades had the Strikers where they wanted them.
Adelaide’s final flurry
At 4-138 after 18 overs, the Strikers would probably have been content with a score a tick over 150.
But alas, the Renegades let 35 runs slip off the final 12 balls as the home side started to swing at everything.
Jono Wells stole the show, clubbing 58 runs off 38 balls, alongside Matt Short, who made 41 from 28. The pair built their partnership steadily, content to run singles and twos during the middle overs before accelerating in the final two overs.
Their method well and truly paid off: The Strikers finished with a very imposing total of 6-173.
The long levers load up
It’s been a challenging summer for the Renegades, but one man who has excelled is Beau Webster.
The middle order batsman missed out on last season’s BBL final, but he has made every post a winner in BBL|09.
Webster made another 49 runs against the Strikers on Sunday, 44.54 per cent of the Renegades’ total of 110.
He smashed four fours and two glorious sixes over square leg, one of which went 93 metres into the Adelaide Oval grandstand.
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We’ll leave it to @SirSwampThing to provide us with some more gold. This time, it’s a tip of the cap to Cameron Boyce and his leg spinners.
What comes next?
The Melbourne Renegades will stay on the road for the rest of the week, flying to Canberra to face the Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night before heading to the Gabba to meet the Heat under lights on Sunday evening.