Chasing 210 for victory is never simple, regardless of the level or format of cricket. In Twenty20, in particular, it’s going to be particularly difficult.
So it proved for the Renegades, who found themselves losing wickets at increasingly regular intervals on their way to being dismissed for 80 in the 13th over of their run chase.
A run chase of that total needs runs from the top order, but aside from starts for Aaron Finch (20 runs from 17 deliveries) and Rilee Rossouw (17 off 9), the remainder of the order’s totals remained in single figures.
Young spinner Tanveer Sangha (4-14) wreaked havoc, while Adam Milne (2-21) and Chris Green (2-7) gave nothing away.
Mixed bag with the ball
The Thunder got off to a flyer, racing to 39 from their first three overs and to 70 before the fall of their first wicket at the end of the sixth.
Fortunately, the Renegades’ bowlers managed to gradually peg them back, with the spin of Peter Hatzoglou (2-38) and Mohammad Nabi (1-35) teasing out the first three wickets, before the ever reliable Kane Richardson (2-33) got in on the action.
But it was the hitting of Thunder youngster Oliver Davies (48 off 23) that stole the show, thumping five sixes midway through the innings on the way to a Player of the Match performance that stymied any hopes the Gades had of restricting the Thunder to a more gettable total.
While the result was well short of what was hoped for, the Renegades could find some solace in some of their spectacular efforts in the field.
Pacemen Sutherland and Zak Evans took two of the best diving outfield catches you could ever wish to see from tall fast bowlers, while Richardson and Rossouw threw down the stumps from range to end Ben Cutting and Baxter Holt’s nights without scoring.
What comes next?
The Renegades will have to regroup quickly, with a match against the Sydney Sixers at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast on Tuesday evening.
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