The Snapshot: After losing the Bat Flip and being sent into bat, Mackenzie Harvey returned to the top of the order to partner Aaron Finch. The pair had a clear intent early, it was to take the scorchers bowlers on. Things didn’t start as the pair would have liked but they kept going at the bowlers. Finch was the first to go as he skied the ball to mid-off for 8. This brought Sam Harper to the crease, and this pair threw caution in the wind. Harvey struck four boundaries in a Jason Behrendorff over and was looking for a big score. After flying to 38, Harvey went for one to many and was caught. Nabi was the next man in and he was dismissed for 17 looking to push the total. Harper fell in similar fashion as he was looking to go big late and was bowled for 37. Clean hitting towards the back of the innings saw the score push to 5-157.
In reply with the ball, it was critical to take early wickets against the star-studded Scorchers top order and that’s exactly what happened. Chris Tremain was a man with a point to prove, and he came out and delivered one of the best new ball spells in BBL history. Tremain picked up three wickets for nine runs and these included Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh. His new ball partner Kane Richardson chimed in with a wicket, leaving the score at 4-12 at the end of the powerplay. With the Renegades bowlers all over the Scorchers, enter Dan Christian who picked up four wickets and led the way to bowling them out for 79 in the 16th over.
There was an interesting moment during the Renegades batting innings that saw Cameron White retire hurt with a slight hamstring injury.
The Key Moment: The new ball spell of bowling from Tremain was the key moment of the match. After picking up arguably the three best batters in the scorchers line up, it would be hard to argue that his performance with the ball, wasn’t the key moment in the match.
The Key Player: Tremain’s effort with the ball led to what would have to go close to the best bowling powerplay performance in T20 cricket. The score at the end of the first six overs was just 4-12, as Tremain ended the match with figures of 3-9(4). He bowled with great pace and swung the new ball.
Up Next: The Gades will fly back and be ready to host the Sydney Thunder at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday January 30 as a win there, could cement a spot in the BBL08 finals.