At the whim of the weather
Rain threatened for much of the evening, sweeping across Metricon Stadium at various stages and twice forcing the players and umpires from the field.
When the rain first hit full force, the Renegades were 3-99 after 12 overs. A short break saw three overs trimmed from both sides’ innings, meaning Shaun Marsh (87 runs off 48 deliveries) and Mohammad Nabi (33 off 24) were able to return to the crease with five overs of big hitting up their sleeves.
But when the rain arrived during the Thunder’s innings, the Renegades weren’t so fortunate. The Thunder had placed themselves seven runs ahead on the DLS Method, with eight wickets left up their sleeves when the match was called off after their 12th over.
Marsh’s golden glow
Shaun Marsh might be 37 years old, but his batting is arguably as good as it has ever been during his career.
After six matches, Marsh is the Big Bash’s leading run scorer, with 233 runs to his name at an average of 38.83 and a strike rate of 137.86. He is now ahead of Thunder duo Callum Ferguson (208 runs) and Alex Hales (197 runs), and has scored at least 109 runs more than any other Renegade so far this season.
His 87 runs against the Thunder came from only 48 deliveries and included five fours and five sixes. It was, in fact, the fourth highest ever score by a Renegades batter in 10 seasons of the competition, trumped only by a pair of Aaron Finch centuries (111* and 109) and Hales’ 89 back in BBL|03.
He is now the custodian of the BBL’s Golden Cap as the league’s leading run scorer – something he’ll hold onto for some time if he can keep this form flowing.
Mind you, he wasn’t the only Gades’ batter on song on Friday night.
Mohammad Nabi’s innings got off to a slow start, but once he got his eye in there was little stopping him.
He thumped three huge sixes, including one that sailed into the second tier of the Metricon Stadium grandstand, and holed out on 33 while attempting a fourth.
Youngster proves his captain right
During Tuesday night’s match against the Sydney Sixers, Renegades’ captain Aaron Finch told the Fox Cricket commentary team his young teammate Mackenzie Harvey was the best fielder in world cricket.
That’s fair praise from a man who has been playing First Class cricket since 2007 and has over 300 T20 matches to his name.
But Harvey is a man of his captain’s word.
The 20-year-old took one of the finest catches you will ever see to hand debutant teammate Mitch Perry his first BBL wicket.
An imperious Alex Hales had smashed his way to 45 from 18 balls, and had crunched what was set to be another boundary until Harvey stepped in.
With the shortest of reaction times, Harvey, fielding at point, flung himself to his left, taking the ball with both hands while airborne and horizontal, safely holding onto the greasy ball as he hit the ground.
The catch might be the best of the season, and certainly ensured the youngster would begin 2021 in a way he will never forget.
What comes next?
The Big Bash show continues at pace, as the Renegades head to Perth to take on the Scorchers at Optus Stadium on Sunday at 4.05pm (AEDT).