An action-packed start
Ben Cutting was keen to make a statement.
With a finals place on the line, the Heat bumped their big-hitting paceman up the order and he didn’t let them down.
Cutting crunched 27 from 11 balls, including two enormous sixes off Will Sutherland, including one that ended up on the third tier.
Sutherland had his moment, though, trapping Cutting LBW a short time after he had Sam Heazlett (6 runs from 9 balls) caught by Aaron Finch.
Then, the superstar, AB de Villiers, fell for six off just four balls, bowled by a pumped up Samit Patel.
Less than four overs later, it was Mohammad Nabi’s turn, bowling Chris Lynn (14 runs off 17 balls) and setting the ‘Gades up nicely, leaving the Heat at 4-65.
Sutherland’s best so far
Tall all-rounder Will Sutherland made his BBL debut last season and didn’t appear beyond it, but has played a further 10 games this season.
He’s played an important role with both bat and ball, coming in at the top and tail of the order and bowling important overs at the death.
On Monday, he finally got the rewards he had worked so hard for, taking a career-best 3-30 from his three overs.
It will whet his appetite further for Big Bashes to come, given he is only 20 years of age.
A good time, not a long time
Tom Cooper’s stay at the crease only lasted 10 balls, but, boy, it was fun to watch.
Opening the batting alongside Aaron Finch for the second time in three days, Cooper swung his way to 23, with three fours and a six, before he was caught trying to lift one over the on-side.
In fact, the second over, bowled by Ben Cutting to Cooper, read like this: 1lb 4 2 6 4 W.
Cooper’s six went miles into the air, high onto the second tier of Marvel Stadium. It was by far one of the biggest hits of the season, perhaps second only to Cutting’s own enormous six that landed in the third tier off Sutherland earlier in the day.
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Aaron Finch certainly gave every impression he wanted to bat deep into the innings.
Opening the batting, he faced only 19 of the first 60 balls bowled, as Cooper, Dan Christian (8 runs off 12 balls), Beau Webster (14 runs off 17 balls) and Mohammad Nabi took the bulk of the strike.
It has to be one of the most inconspicuous starts to a Finch innings, purely by balls faced.
But as long as he stayed at the crease, the Renegades had plenty of hope.
What comes next?
That’s a wrap for the Melbourne Renegades in BBL|09. It’s been a roller coaster of a year, but the support of all members and supporters has meant so much, and will only fuel the club further for BBL|10.