The Snapshot: Tom Cooper was back in as captain with Finch away on national duties, he was once again back winning the bat flip. Cooper decided to bowl first on a green wicket at The Gabba. The Heat got off to a good start until Usman Khan Shinwari picked up the first wicket in the fifth over. This brought together the Bash Brothers, Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum, enter Cameron Boyce. The leg spinner once again put on a clinic, eventually dismissing both the Bash Brothers on his way to figures of 2-17(4). Shinwari returned with great effect late in the innings, picking up another two wickets to finish with figures of 3-16(4). A super spell of bowling from the Pakistan international in his last game with the Renegades, as he heads home for a One-Day International series. Wickets also went to Jack Wildermuth and Joe Mennie as the Heat finished their innings 8-144.
In Reply with the bat the Renegades welcomed back test opener Marcus Harris. He certainly changed his game from test to t20 in a hurry, producing a cameo at the top of the order of 28(18) to get us off to a flyer. Mackenzie Harvey was once again at the top and played one of the best cut shots you will see before falling for 10(8). This brought together Sam Harper and Cooper, who constructed a brilliant 106 run partnership to guide the Renegades to an eight-wicket win. Harper was simply brilliant on his way to 56*(40), whilst Cooper made a welcome return to form striking 36*(28).
The Key Moment: There were many key moments to this match, with Boyce picking up both McCullum and Lynn in his superb spell of four overs. But the out and out key moment of the game had to be the partnership between Harper and Cooper, after losing back to back wickets at the end of the powerplay. The pair consolidated and then hit the accelerator to charge home and pass the total with 26 balls remaining.
The Key Player: Several players put their hands up for this award, whether it was Shinwari with his three wickets, Boyce with two wickets or Coopers captains knock. The key player was Sam Harper, his innings of 56*(40) had the whole cricket world watching. Harper was masterful with his placement and ability to hit the ball to all parts of the Gabba off both spin and pace. This was the first 50 for a Renegades player in BBL08.
Up Next: The Gades will be off down to Geelong to turn GMHBA Stadium into a ZooFari on Sunday January 13 against the Brisbane Heat, on a quest to make it three wins in a row.