The Snapshot: After losing the Bat Flip and being sent into bat, The Renegades had a new look opening partnership with Cameron Boyce moving up the order to partner Aaron Finch. The experiment didn’t go to plan with Boyce gone for a duck. Pocket Rocket Sam Harper was the next man in and boy did he show intent, but it was a short stint as he was out for 12. Tom Cooper joined his skipper and looked to rebuild from 2-12 after the poor start. A partnership of 39 turned the momentum for the Renegades but just as things were looking up Cooper went for 22. Finch was the mainstay of the innings and showed his class, blasting a powerful 54 off just 38 deliveries. The bear Cameron White found his feet at Spotless Stadium, striking the ball beautifully on his way to 40 off 29 balls. A clump of wickets ended the innings for the Renegades as the score ended 9-152.
In reply with the ball, the man who is having an unreal BBL08 Kane Richardson once again drew the first blood, picking up the wicket of Anton Devcich. There was a clear danger man in the match for the Thunder and it was Shane Watson fresh off his 100. Harry Gurney was the man for the job picking up Watson with his first delivery, leaving the Thunder 2-23 in the fourth over. Callum Ferguson was looking like being the ultimate threat, but in the 13th over Boyce threw one up and Dan Christian took a screamer on the boundary, leaving the Thunder 3-87. After the wicket of Ferguson, the Renegades picked up the dangerous Daniel Sams for just 2, but Jason Sangha was still at the crease with the score 5-113, needing 40 off just 18 deliveries. It was a clinical display with the ball to finish the innings collecting the win by 12 runs. Richardson and Harry Gurney both picked up two wickets, whilst Boyce was once again economical with his leggies.
The Key Moment: There were two key moments in the match for the Renegades, one with the ball and one with the bat. The first came with the bat, Finch was slow early in his innings but an over of 16 saw him find the middle. Finch even hit one out of Spotless Stadium. With the ball the Thunder were cruising at 2-87 in the 13th over and looking to put their foot down. The in batsmen Ferguson was 52 and ready to launch, but a screamer on the long on boundary from Christian changed the momentum of the match.
The Key Player: The key player of the match could go to many of the Renegades, Player of the match went too Harry Gurney for his efforts with the ball of 2-27. Finch’s innings of 54 was up there alongside White’s 40.
Up Next: The Gades are back in action on January 28 as they make the trip over to the new Optus Stadium and take on the Perth Scorchers.