A new look
For the first time, the Melbourne Renegades wore a specially designed Indigenous playing shirt for the club’s inaugural Indigenous Game.
Designed by 17-year-old Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward, the ‘Gades proudly donned the outfit as they ran onto the ground led by skipper Dan Christian.
Christian and his players joined their Hurricanes opponents to form a barefoot Reconciliation Circle pre-match, while the captain used a Kookaburra bat with a sticker designed by a young student from the Clontarf Academy, and throughout the night, the teams used a specially designed Kookaburra match ball.
Trouble for Harper
Young gun Sam Harper has enjoyed a terrific BBL|09 season, but his night against the Hurricanes ended early when he was involved in an accidental collision with paceman Nathan Ellis while running between the wickets.
Harper flipped over the top of Ellis’ back and landed heavily on his helmet.
Fortunately, he eventually got back to his feet and was able to walk off the ground assisted by the medical staff.
He was assessed in the rooms and substituted out of the match, replaced by Tom Cooper.
A team in a hurry before 0-84 strikes twice
The ‘Canes came flying out of the blocks, just as the Brisbane Heat did against the Renegades on Sunday night.
Matthew Wade was the chief destroyer, clobbering 66 runs from a mere 29 balls, while Mac Wright carried his bat to 70 not out.
The openers did plenty of damage, recording the best Powerplay in their nine-year history, reaching 0-78 after the first six overs.
Incredibly, the Hurricanes lost their first wicket on 84, just as the Heat did against the Renegades two days earlier.
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What comes next?
The Renegades are back on the road, heading off to Sydney to meet the Sixers at the SCG on Saturday at 3.40pm (AEDT).