Lynnsanity then Boyce goes ballistic
The Renegades had 164 on the board. Things looked pretty good.
Fifteen minutes later, the Heat were 0-84 off 35 balls.
It was wild, it was hectic, and it was tough to watch for every Renegades fan around the world, as Chris Lynn (41 runs off 15 balls) and Sam Heazlett wiped a huge chunk out of the deficit that turned an eight-an-over run chase into less than six.
But no one told Cameron Boyce.
After Andrew Fekete had Lynn skillfully caught on the boundary by Marcus Harris, the leg-spinner turned the game on its head. He bowled AB de Villiers for two off just two balls, and had Matthew Renshaw out at slip off the very next delivery.
What the hat trick ball didn’t quite produce what everyone was hoping for, Boyce had completely changed the momentum of the game, so much so that the Heat called for a time out at the end of the seventh over.
Well, what can we say?
What DO you say when you manage to take 10-36 when a team needs only 81 off 85 balls to win a match?
Let’s take a look at what happened.
After Fekete and Boyce took the first three wickets, the Heat steadied momentarily as Heazlett (56 runs off 37 balls) reached his half century and guided them to 4-113 in the 13th over.
Then it all began to really happen.
Jimmy Pearson (0 runs off 1 ball) fell to Samit Patel on the very next ball. That was 5-113.
Two balls later, confusion set in as Joe Burns (14 runs off 21 balls) found himself short of his ground as Marcus Harris returned the ball to Sam Harper who whipped off the bails in a flash. 6-114.
One Ben Cutting (5 runs off 5 balls) boundary followed, only to be trapped LBW by Dan Christian. Suddenly, it was 7-118. Trouble.
Two balls on, Christian again. Josh Lalor (0 runs off 2 balls) caught behind by Harper. 8-118.
Fittingly, it was left to Boyce to wrap things up. James Pattinson (1 run off 3 balls) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0 runs off 1 ball) were finished off in quick time, leaving the Heat all out for 120, having lost 7-7 in amongst a collapse of 10-36.
Incredible scenes. Cricket always keeps finding ways to surprise.
Marsh gets off to a flyer
You couldn’t exactly label Shaun Marsh’s BBL|09 campaign boring.
Two 50s, 393 runs and plenty of stability at the top of the order has meant he’s been one of the features of the Renegades’ campaign so far.
But that’s before we take into account the antics of his bats.
First, against the Stars on January 10, Marsh broke his bat in two early in his innings on his way to 63.
Next, during Sunday’s clash with the Heat, he sent his bat flying into the air.
Facing paceman Ben Laughlin, Marsh swung an almighty blow, the ball sailing high into the air – alongside his bat.
While his bat took off to short fine leg, the ball hung in the air long enough to be well caught by Laughlin off his own bowling.
It brought a fine innings of 27 off 25 balls to a bizarre ending.
More chaos ensues
The Renegades’ innings definitely provided an element of the unusual.
Not only did Marsh lose his bat, the Gabba managed to lose a part of a deck chair.
Will Sutherland, promoted up the order to No. 5, started swinging long and hard after arriving at the crease in the 10th over at 3-63.
He didn’t muck around, either, hammering two sixes in a row off paceman Ben Cutting.
With the second six, the ball rocketed long, low and hard, over the rope and right in the direction of none other than Channel Seven’s boundary reporter Erin Holland.
Holland managed to quickly duck for cover, and it’s a good thing she was able to, for the ball actually broke a part of the plastic chair.
Making matters crazier still, Cutting is in fact Holland’s fiancé.
Got a curious fact for us?
Cameron Boyce boasts a terrific T20 record. So good, in fact, that @SirSwampThing noted he has claimed Chris Lynn’s wicket four times – more than any other played has in nine seasons of the Big Bash.
What comes next?
After a week on the road, it’s back to Melbourne for the Renegades, who will take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the Indigenous Match on Tuesday evening at Marvel Stadium at 7.10pm (AEDT).