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Renegades go down at the MCG

04 January 2020

The Melbourne Stars were too strong at the MCG, winning by 8 wickets with 7 ball to spare in front of 54,478 people.

An innings of two halves
After 14.2 overs, the Renegades were 2-117. After 20 overs, they were 9-142.

Such is life in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of the Big Bash League.

Shaun Marsh (43 runs off 33 balls) and Beau Webster (29 runs off 25 balls) were purring, with runs on the board and time to spare.

Marsh, who ended the innings second on the BBL run scoring leaderboard, fell victim to a superb catch on the boundary rope off Sandeep Lamichhane (3-26), and two balls later, Dan Christian followed him to the dugout, stumped off his first ball.

From there, the wickets fell steadily for the remainder of the night. Of the batsmen from No. 5 to No. 11, only Will Sutherland (16 runs off 15 balls) reached double figures.

Earlier, captain Aaron Finch (25 runs off 24 balls) and Sam Harper (12 runs off 8 balls) made bright starts but were unable to find the big scores they were searching.

A fast start
In reply to 9-142, the Stars began in a hurry, as Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson raced to 1-53 from 5.4 overs.

Eventually, their stand came unstuck when Kane Richardson drew his ninth wicket for the season as Maddinson spooned a catch to Beau Webster at point.

Ben Dunk (15 runs off 13 balls) came and went, but Glenn Maxwell proved a willing ally to help Stoinis guide the Stars to a comfortable victory.

Marsh climbs the ladder
As we mentioned, Shaun Marsh’s innings saw him ranked second on the overall BBL run scoring leaderboard with 232 from six matches.

While he ended the night in third, after Stoinis raced past him, it served to underscore just how well the new recruit has been playing this season.

Marsh is now averaging 38.83 from his six innings at a strike rate of 120.72, made up of 17 fours and seven sixes, ensuring he remains one of the preeminent T20 batsmen in the country.

Got a curious fact for us?
As always, Twitter statistician @SirSwampThing came to the party with this insight:

What comes next?
The Big Bash caravan moves on quickly to Geelong, where the Renegades will host the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday 7 January at 7.10pm (AED