Melbourne Renegades 179/7
Sydney Thunder 130/10
Aaron Finch’s brutal 63 helped the Melbourne Renegades record their first home win since BBL04.
Callum Ferguson (38) and Brad Hogg (2/22) also starred as the home side won by 49 runs.
The Sydney Thunder sit bottom of the pile in BBL06 with two losses from two after defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Finch and Marcus Harris (19) started positively, both timing the ball well from the off, before the latter perished in the deep.
The Thunder’s spinners were able to keep control where the seamers, with the exception of Pat Cummins, had struggled.
Cameron White fell to Chris Green (1/21), whilst Fawad Ahmad (1/29) accounted for the dangerous Finch.
Dwayne Bravo (24) looked to be motoring until he fell in ridiculous fashion, bowled by Clint McKay.
Ferguson had to go for a well-made 38 when he found Andre Russell in the deep off the impressive Cummins, but a couple of late blows from Sunil Narine helped the Renegades up to a more than competitive 179-7.
The Thunder’s chase started in disastrous fashion.
Kurtis Patterson went first ball of the innings, whilst Eoin Morgan fell an over later, to leave the visitors in trouble at 5-2.
The flight and guile of the Renegades newest recruit, Brad Hogg, did for both Ryan Gibson (39) and captain Ben Rohrer (29), who had looked to be leading the fightback.
Russell came to the crease, no black bat in hand this time, but failed once again. Another disappointing knock, bowled for 2 by his West Indian team-mate, Narine.
Cummins (37) proved once again he’s no mug with the bat, hitting some big 6’s late on, but the lower order crumbled around him.
The game ended in embarrassing fashion for the Thunder after the comical run out of McKay; the Renegades bowling them all out in 19.1 overs.
It was the perfect start for the Renegades, who look to be a really strong unit. The bowling attack of Tremain, Bravo, Rimmington, Hogg and Narine should bowl out a lot of teams. They’re definitely a team to watch.
It’s a BBL06 doubleheader tomorrow as the Sydney Sixers take on the Hobart Hurricanes, before the Perth Scorchers host the Adelaide Strikers.