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Renegades Defeat Scorchers in season opener

21 December 2018

The Melbourne Renegades have defeated the Perth Scorchers for the first time in BBL history, after taking a four-wicket victory at Marvel Stadium. After a dominant display with the ball and a shaky start with the bat, the Renegades chased down their target of 104 inside 16 overs.

The Snapshot: After winning the all new bat-flip in his first game as captain, Tom Cooper decided to have a bowl. This proved to be a great decision as Usman Khan Shinwari struck early with the new ball. Shinwari was impressive with the ball in his BBL debut claiming 2-17(4), showing great speed with the new ball and great execution with the old ball. In the middle overs Daniel Christian had the golden arm, claiming 3-22(3) whilst Jack Wildermuth chimed in with two wickets as well. Showing great skills at the end was Kane Richardson who picked up impressive figure of 3-23(4). Cameron Boyce was also impressive with his leggies, finishing with 0-13(4). This bowling effort restricted the Scorchers to 103. In reply things didn’t start well for the Gades, slumping to 4-17. A partnership between Sam Harper and Mohammad Nabi turned the game back in the Gades favour. Nabi was caught in the deep for a well-made 35(27) and shortly after Harper was found short of his ground for 36(25). Still requiring a further 18 runs for victory, Christian and debutant Will Sutherland steered the side home.

The Key Moment: After falling to 4-17 the partnership between Harper and Nabi was the difference in the game. On a wicket that was proving tough to play, the pair found a way to counter attack and put the pressure back on the scorchers. The partnership was worth 69 and proved pivotal in the win.

The Key Player: Man of the match in his first ever BBL game was Shinwari, he showed great skills with the new ball. The Pakistan quick ended with figures of 2-17 and really made a statement to the whole competition. The left armer found great success late coming around the wicket and hitting his Yorkers.

Up Next: The Gades get to enjoy this win but are back in action on Sunday December 23 as they travel to the Adelaide Oval to take on the defending champions, the Adelaide Strikers. Both sides are coming off good wins and we will be out to overturn the result from last season semi-final.