A broken bat
It’s been a season of the unexpected for the Renegades, but nothing has been more left-field than Shaun Marsh breaking his bat.
The silky smooth recruit drew everyone’s attention when his prized Grey Nicholls was broken when swinging at a delivery from Stars debutant Lance Morris at the very start of his innings.
Marsh immediately knew what had happened, with his beautiful bat snapped in two. A replacement was issued and business as usual was resumed.
New combination works a treat
Shaun Marsh has had a fine BBL|09 campaign since crossing from Perth.
After 278 runs from eight innings, he is certainly one of the players of the season so far.
But on Friday night in front of 30,388 fans, he took things to a new level in a new batting position.
In the absence of captain Aaron Finch, Marsh was shifted into the role of an opener alongside Marcus Harris as the ‘Gades sought to get their campaign back on track.
The move worked an absolute treat. The pair put on 86 in 10.3 overs, with Harris (42 runs from 32 balls) more than keeping pace with Marsh (63 runs from 43 balls).
They struck 10 fours and four sixes between them, creating the perfect platform upon which the middle order could build.
Spin to win
The Renegades took on a different approach to kick off their defence of 7-168.
Stand-in captain Dan Christian opted to open with the left-arm spin of Samit Patel, and it paid immediate dividends.
On the third ball of the match, Patel had Marcus Stoinis caught sharply by Will Sutherland for a duck.
The dismissal of Stoinis was particularly important, given his brilliance with the bat when the two sides met last Saturday night (68 not out).
A short time later, paceman Richard Gleeson had Ben Dunk caught by a flying Beau Webster at mid-off. When the tallest man on your team is taking airborne, horizontal catches early in an innings, you know things are going well.
Got a curious fact for us?
That the Renegades got Stoinis out early was good news. But it was particularly good given this stat from Twitter guru @SirSwampThing.
UPDATE:— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 10, 2020
Marcus Stoinis vs Renegades in the past 4 @BBL seasons
Strike Rate 120.73
@StarsBBL @RenegadesBBL #BBL09 https://t.co/bhle3cJ0f8
What comes next?
The Melbourne Renegades just keep on moving, flying to Adelaide to take on the Strikers at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday 12 January at 3.40pm (AEDT).