The Snapshot: After winning the bat flip and deciding to bowl, things didn’t quite go to plan for the Renegades. Skipper Tom Cooper opened the bowling for the first time in BBL08 but conceded 13 runs from the over. The Strikers continued to put the Renegades bowlers all around GMHBA stadium, losing their first wicket at 60 in the seventh over. After taking the first wicket, the Renegades started to put the brakes on the Strikers innings. This was largely due to the terrific spell of bowling from leg spinner Cameron Boyce, who finished with figures of 2-16(4). Daniel Christian bowled two tidy over conceding just seven runs whilst taking a wicket. The strikers ended their innings 6-158. In reply it was another new opening partnership for the Renegades, with Cameron White joining Mackenzie Harvey. The change didn’t work with Harvey out for one, which brought Sam Harper to the crease. Harper would also go for one leaving his side in trouble at 2-9 in the third over. Skipper Tom Cooper joined White in the middle and the pair put on 23 run partnership before the skipper fell. This started a collapse for the Renegades who quickly saw themselves 7-91 in the 16th over. Beau Webster top scored with 33(36) whilst some late hitting from Jack Wildermuth 24(20) and Cameron Boyce 18(8) pushed the total up to 9-126.
The Key Moment: There were many key moments throughout the contest, but it would have to have been the slow start in both powerplays, with ball and bat. With the ball the Strikers scored with ease as the Renegades didn’t take a wicket in the powerplay. In reply with the bat, the Renegades lost two crucial wickets whilst scoring at just five runs per over.
The Key Player: The key player in the match for the Renegades was Boyce, coming on with the score 0-60 and two set batsmen is never easy. The leggie showed great variations and control to pick up two wickets and restrict the runs to just four per over, finishing his spell with 2-16. A little cameo with the bat at the end which included back to back sixes of Ben Laughlin got the crowd at GMHBA going.
Up Next: The Gades are back in action next Monday January 7 at Marvel Stadium against the table topping Hobart Hurricanes. In great news for the Renegades skipper Aaron Finch will play his first game of BBL08.