The Melbourne Renegades’ season has gone from bad to worse, copping another massive hiding, this time from the Sydney Thunder.
The Renegades won their opening match of the season but since then it has been all down hill.
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After losing to the Sydney Sixers by a record 145 runs on December 13, the Renegades have now claimed the second biggest ever loss in BBL history, having been crushed by 129 runs as the Melburnians were embarrassingly rolled in 12.2 overs for 80 runs.
The Thunder were sent in to bat and took to it, starting quickly out of the blocks.
Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales got the Thunder off to a flyer, hitting 34 and 35 respectively as the openers pushed Sydney to 1/70 after Khawaja was dismissed with the final ball of the sixth over.
While it slowed the run rate as Callum Ferguson and Ollie Davies came to the crease, it wasn’t for long as Davies hit four straight sixes in a Mohammad Nabi over, as well as hitting the next ball he faced off Will Sutherland for another maximum.
Unfortunately he was dismissed for the next ball for his 23-ball 48.
It could have been worse as well with the Thunder 3/172 in the 17th over but losing 5/14 in a run of 2.4 overs.
Nathan McAndrew hit 20 off five balls in the last over with three sixes to push the Thunder over the magical 200 as the side hit a team record of 8/209 runs.
But both Ben Cutting and Baxter Holt were run out for diamond ducks, and Kane Richardson almost pulled off a hattrick in an action packed 20 overs.
The second wicket was also something special for the Renegades with Will Sutherland taking a brilliant outfield catch.
Callum Ferguson was 31 off 31 and had held the innings together.
But he was dismissed when he pushed a ball down the ground with Sutherland running around the boundary and taking a brilliant catch.
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“That is as good as you’ll see a boundary outfield catch,” Brad Haddin said on Fox Cricket.
While Richardson couldn’t get the hattrick for himself, it was a team hattrick as he ran Holt out.
After ending the innings with some momentum, it quickly dissipated for the Renegades as they quickly lost 3/33 including the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch.
The Renegades barely gave any resistance from there, losing the last seven wickets for just 27 runs.
“It’s not good enough for a professional cricket team,” Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “It’s not good enough in my book.”
Brad Haddin added: “They haven’t played smart cricket tonight. That reflects the scoreboard. But also the Thunder haven’t allowed them to, they were on fire from the first over tonight.”
The Renegades now hold the four worst losses in BBL history and are the only team to have lost by more than 100 runs.
It continues a dire run for the Renegades and one fan was wondering whether the Melbourne side were the “worst squad in the BBL”.
Have the Renegades got the worst squad in The BBL? Seems they have 1 good bowler and 2 batsmen and nothing else???
— Wayne Siekman (@sambo54111) December 26, 2020
Renegades doing down chasing again. Very unpredictable BBL so far.
— Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 26, 2020
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 26, 2020
Manly youngster Ollie Davies was 18 off 17 ball when Afghan import Mohammad Nabi was bowling to him.
The Thunder were off to a blistering start but the run rate had slowed somewhat.
It was the 12th over, with Davies crashing four sixes off the last four balls of Nabi’s over.
It was masterful hitting as he moved to 42 off 21.
It moved the scorecard on a little bit with 26 runs off the over.
“Geez, that’s four in a row,” Brendan Julian said.
The mulleted youngster was brought on strike by a single from Callum Ferguson off the first ball before Will Sutherland bowled a short ball that Davies smashed over the square leg boundary for his fifth straight six.
He is just the third player to hit five straight sixes in the BBL.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 26, 2020
Unfortunately, the next ball was a yorker and beat the bat, bowling him for 48 off 23 balls.
Mark Waugh called it “a cracking innings”.
“That was superb,” Julian said.
It’s also potentially put him in contention – at least in the minds of social media – for a bolter position for the T20 World Cup next year.
I know the question sounds ridiculous but if Ollie Davies keeps doing this, how long before he’s mentioned as a T20 World Cup bolter? #bbl10
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) December 26, 2020
While it will take more than just two good innings, it’s a great start for the 20-year-old.
It was an innings that changed the momentum of the game and Davies was pretty chuffed by the innings.
“It was pretty exciting,” Davies said, saying Khawaja and Hales gave him the platform to let loose.
Social media agreed.
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 26, 2020
I hope the other thousand parents who had to fetch an Ollie Davies six off their child’s bowling from the carpark are enjoying this as much as we are. #thundernation
— Kathryn Wicks (@KathrynWicksSMH) December 26, 2020
The time will come when opposing teams will work Ollie Davies out. But they’d better do it fast. #BBL10
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 26, 2020
There’s a bit of MS Dhoni in Oliver Davies’ hitting. #BBL10
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) December 26, 2020
Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales have gone nuts to start for the Thunder.
Khawaja was the first to go with the last ball of the sixth over after the Thunder openers took 70 from the start.
Khawaja slammed 34 off 18 balls with six fours.
He was soon followed by opening partner Alex Hales.
Hales, who hit a sweep into the car park, hit 35 off 21 as the pair got the Thunder off to the perfect start.
But the run rate slowed after the wickets, but the Thunder are in great shape.
Aaron Finch is back for the Melbourne Renegades with the Sydney Thunder looking to continue their good form so far in the BBL.
The Thunder have two wins so far this season with the Renegades trying to end a run of two straight losses.
Shane Warne has once again piled on the level of umpiring after Tim Paine survived a contentious close call during Australia’s innings.
Paine scrambled through and immediately thought he was safe but the footage showed a much tighter decision.
The review took a long time with no conclusive evidence able to determine if Paine’s bat was on the right side of the line.
“There’s no conclusive evidence to show the bat is on the wrong side of the line, so the bat looks like it could have a bit over the line. My decision is not out,” the third umpire said.
But social media exploded over the call, with Shane Warne quick to comment.
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
When he was back in commentary, he tied it back to the BBL.
“I’m still trying to work out if there was any bat behind the line,” Warne said. “Just looking at that again in slow motion, I don’t know if he did have anything behind the line, I think the Australian captain got away with one there.”
Adam Gilchrist said he believed it happened between frames and Paine should have been in trouble.
“Interesting to see if a bowler was bowling and his foot was behind the line, would it be a no ball?” Warne added.
“Like a hawk circling above a field mouse at the moment with these umpires at the moment Warnie?” Gilchrist laughed.
Warne conceded that Paul Reiffel had had a great game so far and that if the umpires do well, they should be praised.
“If the players have a bad game, they get dropped,” he said. “So if the umpires have a bad game, they should get dropped too.
“I look back at the Big Bash we’re having, the Big Bash is such a wonderful competition, but if it’s going to be taken seriously, Cricket Australia must pay for DRS. We can’t have some of the decisions we’re seeing in the BBL at the moment because they’re career killers, people could lose their career from that.”
Funnily enough, later on Josh Hazlewood was pinged for a no ball, with his heel pretty close to the line.
But after some shocking calls in the BBL this year, Warnie has been on a tear against the umpires.