Finch Leads Renegades Resurgence

The Renegades defeat the Heat by 57 runs last night.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

 

The Melbourne Renegades scored their first win for the season last night beating the Brisbane Heat by 57 runs at Etihad Stadium.

 

Coming off a close loss to the Hurricanes at the Gabba, the Heat struggled to adapt to the drop in pitch at the Renegades home ground falling well short in their run chase.

 

After batting second in their two previous losses this season, Renegades captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat first and the Renegades batsmen took full advantage of the opportunity given to them.

 

On a day when he was added to the squad for the fifth Ashes test in Sydney, Alex Doolan failed to fire with the bat making just 13, but this did not affect his opening partner Finch (81) and English import Jos Buttler (61) as they put on 108 for the second wicket.

 

With Finch and Buttler setting a great platform, Ben Rohrer (36) and Tom Cooper (15) finished the innings with a flourish of boundaries taking the score to 3/210 with stand in Heat captain Daniel Vettori finishing with 1/20 from his four overs.

 

Needing a record score to come away with the win, the Heat batsmen struggled to adapt to the Etihad Stadium pitch as they lost wickets at regular intervals through poor shot selection.

 

In his first game back from a long injury layoff, Australian fast bowler James Pattinson finished with the best figures out of the Renegades bowlers taking 3/36 from his four overs.

 

Even with Ben Cutting making a quick fire 40 that included a couple of huge sixes, the Heat were bowled out for 153 with one over to spare giving the Renegades a much needed win.

 

The win lifts the Renegades to fifth on the Big Bash ladder, just two points behind ladder leaders and cross town rivals the Melbourne Stars.

 

The Renegades now face a short turn around before their game against the Hobart Hurricanes on New Year’s Day, while the Heat face the Sydney Sixers on January 2.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @MeadowsWidget

 

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