The Snapshot: After losing the bat flip and being sent it to bat, the new opening combination of young guns Sam Harper and Mackenzie Harvey got off to a flyer. The pair were striking the ball all around the MCG and combined for 52 runs partnership, before Harvey was caught at mid-off for 21(15). Harper followed suit just one run later, bowled by Adam Zampa for 30(16). This opened the door for the Stars and they took full advantage, claiming 4-27 and leaving the Renegades in trouble at 5-80. This brought together Dan Christian and Beau Webster and the pair resurrected the innings, combing for a 50 run partnership which pushed the score to 9-148 at the end of the innings. With the ball, the Renegades needed early wickets and they just couldn’t find a way. The first wicket was taken with the score on 67 after a sharp piece of work behind the stumps from Harper off the bowling of Boyce. A direct hit run out from the boundary from Mohammad Nabi saw the Stars lose back to back wickets and potentially open the game up. That wasn’t to be as the Stars put their foot down to reach the target with seven wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare.
The Key Moment: After a superb start that saw the Renegades race to 0-52, a collapse through the middle overs saw the score drop to 5-80 in the 11th over. This halted the momentum and restricted the score to 148, when early on a score of 160+ looked achievable.
The Key Player: The key player in the match for the Renegades was opening partnership of Harper and Harvey, sent out to maximise the powerplay, they did exactly that. The pair combined for 52 inside the first six overs, going at 10 runs per over for most of their time in the middle. An exciting part of the partnership was the ability to score all around the ground.
Up Next: The Gades will be looking to end a two-game losing streak when they head down the highway to GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on Thursday January 3, to take on the Adelaide Strikers. The playing group will have fond memories after beating the Strikers in Adelaide on December 23.