Luck is once again not on the Melbourne Renegades’ side after rain washed out the side’s hopes for a major scalp in a tight contest against the Sydney Thunder on the Gold Coast.
Rain affected both innings, reducing the match to a 17-an-over game, before ultimately ending it 12 overs into the Thunder innings.
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The Renegades may be in last place but the side hit 6/166 off its 17 overs after a short rain interruption in the first innings.
Shaun Marsh crushed a 48-ball 87 with five sixes while Mohammad Nabi’s 33 with three sixes gave the Thunder a revised total of 173 to win off 17 overs.
But Alex Hales got the chase off to the perfect start, following up his 21 ball 50 in the last start, racing to 45 off just 18 balls before one of the craziest catches you’re likely to see.
While there have been some good catches in the 2020/21 season, the final ball of Mitchell Perry’s first over in the BBL saw Mackenzie Harvey take an absolute cracker.
Perry had gone for 22 from his first five balls and bowled a rank full toss with Hales looking to put it away as well.
He smoked the ball into point with Mackenzie Harvey taking an insane grab, going parallel to the ground with the ball sticking in his hands.
Mark Howard called it the “catch of the tournament” with Perry left in disbelief by the catch.
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“That is one of the best catches you will ever see,” Mike Hussey screamed.
Renegades skipper Aaron Finch said that Harvey was “the best fielder in the world but outstanding catch”.
But even when it’s a dismissal like this, the BBL umpires were once again under fire with eagle eyed fans on social media pointing out that it looked like a front foot no ball.
The front foot no ball is ruled from where the front foot plants and is allowed to slide forward.
There has been plenty said about horrific calls in BBL|10 so far with commentators and fans calling for the DRS to be brought in for try and remove the howlers.
No balls are now monitored by the third umpire with the Australia-India series getting the extra called down from upstairs.
Never a good thing to miss a decision like that. With how Hales was going, he could have won the game by now. With all the technology in the game, things like this have no excuse to be missed
— Dale Muller (@Dale_Muller13) January 1, 2021
But it was a spectacular catch and at the end of the day, as it got past the umpires, it went into the scoresheet as a wicket and Perry’s first in the BBL.
Even the Thunder had to give it props, tweeting “Hales out after this insane catch”, while Hales was stunned by the dismissal.
“It was outrageous,” Hales said. “It’s the best I’ve seen off my own batting, I couldn’t have hit it any cleaner so yeah it was incredible.”
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) January 1, 2021
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 1, 2021
For life of me, thatâs as good a catch as Iâve ever seen from Mak Harvey. #BBL10
— Matthew Lodge (@MatthewSLodge) January 1, 2021
And heâs got him. Youâll take that for your first wicket. 22 runs and a wicket. Mack Harvey is a freakish fielder. https://t.co/sLuMENrUlO
— Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) January 1, 2021
1/22 off one over is an interesting way to start your BBL career.
— Matt Bevan ð (@MatthewBevan) January 1, 2021
But while the run rate slowed somewhat after the dismissal of Hales, Usman Khawaja’s 34-ball 48 not out kept the Thunder ahead of the Duckworth Lewis Stern method.
And when the rain returned in the 12th over, the Thunder had done just enough to win, as the side claimed a fifth straight win to move to the top of the BBL ladder.
It also means the Renegades have lost five straight and stay cemented to the bottom of the ladder.
Rain has stopped play with the Sydney Thunder on 2/117 – just seven runs ahead of the par score after 12 overs.
There will no doubt be fewer overs if the teams can make it back out.
Usman Khawaja is 48 not out off 34 balls while Sam Billings is 10 not out.
Shaun Marsh has been caught out going big one too many times, getting out for the Devil’s number – 87.It’s the devils number because it is 13 short of a century.And Marsh was going big.The hapless Renegades were looking decidedly less hapless as the side slammed 6/166 off the 17 overs in a rain shortened game.It leaves the Thunder 173 to claim the win after the Renegades hit nine sixes in the innings.Before this game, they had just 11 for the season.But it was Marsh’s 48-ball innings that led the way with the 37 year old hitting his highest score for the Renegades.https://twitter.com/tim_michell/status/1344947560784433152 https://twitter.com/tim_michell/status/1344946591283625985
The Renegades could set a decent target here despite the break.
A rain delay has taken three overs off each innings as it becomes a 17 over a side game.
The Thunder will likely need to score more than the Renegades with a DRS to push the required runs up higher.
Shaun Marsh is on fire, reaching 76 off 41.
After seven overs, the Thunder have taken three wickets for 59 runs as Tanveer Sangha saw Rilee Rossouw caught on the boundary.
Adam Gilchrist called his reckless shot “poor batsmanship”.
He joins Aaron Finch and Sam Harper back in the sheds already with Shaun Marh on 30 off 17 and holding the innings together.
The night has barely started but the commentators have jumped all over Aaron Finch after he was spotted wearing a flat cap.
The look has been used by Shane Warne to start the season in the commentary box but the Peaky Blinders style hat has seemingly seeped even more into Australian cricket with Aaron Finch seen wearing the cap.
“Warnie’s created a monster,” was Adam Gilchrist’s response when he saw the cap but a second hat – a floppy brim – was spotted around the team and the commentators had to get to the bottom of it.
“It was a sad night for both hats – it’s worst on ground and best on ground,” Renegades keeper Sam Harper said. “Both poorly presented to the wrong players tonight. Me and the other commissioners will have to have a meeting tomorrow and get some respect back into the hat.”
Not sure which is which but whichever one is the worst on ground, maybe they should get a few more after the Renegades tallied the two biggest ever BBL losses in the first five games of the season and need a few wins to get back in finals contention.
The Thunder, who thrashed the Renegades by 129 runs on Boxing Day, won the toss and will bowl first.