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A former Test player’s haircut is almost the perfect symbol for how bad the Melbourne Renegades have been in another brutal BBL loss. news.com.au January 3, 2021 3:32PM Last updated January 3, 2021 6:44PM AEDT The Melbourne Renegades season from hell has somehow got even worse after a pitiful 96-run loss to the Perth Scorchers…

A former Test player’s haircut is almost the perfect symbol for how bad the Melbourne Renegades have been in another brutal BBL loss.

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January 3, 2021 3:32PM

Last updated January 3, 2021 6:44PM AEDT

The Melbourne Renegades season from hell has somehow got even worse after a pitiful 96-run loss to the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

Both teams had only tasted one victory in the 2020/21 season to be anchoring the ladder but another horrific performance has seen the side cop the sixth biggest loss in the history of the BBL.

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It was only Jack Prestwidge’s 33 off 24 ball that saved the side from the indignity of another 100 run loss.

The Renegades are the only team to have been beaten by 100 runs in the tournament’s history with the worst two losses coming earlier this season in a 145-run thrashing by the Sydney Sixers and a 129-run demolition against the Sydney Thunder.

The Scorchers however appear to have worked out some of their early season woes with Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner sitting in the sheds for much of their innings as the top four went to work.

Imports Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone got the Scorchers off to a solid start before Livingstone was stumped for 20 with 41 on the board.

Jason Roy followed soon after and despite scoring just 2/63 from the first 10 overs, Josh Inglis and Colin Munro hit a 117-run stand to put the Renegades on the backfoot.

Munro was out in the last over for 52 off 31 ball while Inglis was not out after hitting a 41-ball 72. Marsh came in late for seven not out off two balls.

When it was the Renegades turn, Sam Harper had been promoted ahead of Aaron Finch but it started a comedy of errors.

Harper hit the first ball for four and the second ball chopped onto his stumps.

Finch came in at first drop but he didn’t last long as Scorchers bowler Jason Behrendorff touched a straight drive down off Shaun Marsh, running out the Renegades captain on the follow through.

“Can you believe it?” Adam Gilchrist said. “Oh Aaron Finch, the disappointment, that’s a real shame. When you’re down you’re down and they’re at the foot of the ladder and that’s not going to help their cause.”

A genuinely horrible way to be dismissed and a genuine Bucket Moment…#BBL10 | @KFCAustralia pic.twitter.com/Qr4PjAvjVV

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Beau Webster was next before Shaun Marsh was dismissed from a brilliant catch to Jason Roy.

Marsh cut strongly with Roy diving to his left and taking a high catch to make it 4/34.

The wickets tumbled to be 8/59 before Prestwidge’s late cameo avoided a complete humilation.

On the bright side, the Renegades claimed the Bash Boost point but it was another embarrassing loss for the Melbourne side in a season that can’t finish soon enough.

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The Renegades only have two wickets left at the start of the 10th over and still need 17 runs to avoid a third hundred run loss of the season.

While Melbourne claimed the Bash Boost point, they have been no where near in this competition.

Although a couple of close losses, the Renegades lost by 145 runs and 129 runs against the Sixers and Thunder respectively and were completely outplayed by the Scorchers.

The Renegades are the only team to have been beaten by over 100 runs in BBL history, and it’s happened four times so far.

Only Jack Prestwidge, Peter Hatzoglou and 15-year-old Noor Ahmad can get the Renegades past the latest horrific bottoming out of the season.


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The great catches keep coming in the BBL this season with Jason Roy pulling off another stunner.

Shaun Marsh appeared to be the last hope for the Renegades but it’s taken something special to dismiss him.

Marsh cut strongly but Roy flew to his left and plucked it out of the air in a great grab.

Scorcher’s teammate and countryman Liam Livingstone joked: “I think there was a bit of mayo on that one”.

It left the Renegades 4/34 and Rilee Rossouw followed to make it 5/41 after skying a drive four balls into his innings.


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Aaron Finch demoted himself down the order but the Scorchers’ Jason Behrendorff is developing a hand new skill.

Bowling to Shaun Marsh, the star smoked it back down the ground, but Behrendorff got his hand to it, running out Finch.

“Can you believe it?” Adam Gilchrist said. “Oh Aaron Finch, the disappointment, that’s a real shame. When you’re down you’re down and they’re at the foot of the ladder and that’s not going to help their cause.”

A genuinely horrible way to be dismissed and a genuine Bucket Moment…#BBL10 | @KFCAustralia pic.twitter.com/Qr4PjAvjVV

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It comes after the Renegades tried to shake things up by promoting Sam Harper to the top of the order for Finch.

But he lasted two balls after hitting a four and chopping the second ball onto his stumps.

Finch’s wicket made it 2/15 off two overs, while Beau Webster soon followed to make it 3/26.

Mike Hussey added: “It’s a horrible way to get out, Finch had no chance.”

It make the Renegades predicament even worse.


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Two balls into the Renegades’ experiment with Sam Harper replacing Aaron Finch at the top of the order, it’s over.

Harper hit the first ball for four and chopped the second one onto his stumps.

“He may as well have come out and opened,” Mike Hussey said after Harper’s wicket.

As the team in last on the ladder at the moment, it’s probably fair enough to try something different.


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The Scorchers have exploded late to make it a massive chase for the Melbourne Renegades.

It’s a daunting 3/185 after Josh Inglis (72 not out off 42 balls) and Colin Munro (52 off 31) combined for a 117-run stand to almost triple the score from the 10 over mark.

At that point the Scorchers were 2/63 but the total now gives the Renegades something to go after.

While they are currently last and second last, this could be a thrilling chase.


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The Perth Scorchers appeared to just be on cruise control but after losing just two wickets, Josh Inglis and Colin Munro have piled on a 100-run stand.

The pair both hit 50s but have upped the run rate late.

After being on just 2/64 off 10 overs, the last three overs, the Scorchers are 2/158 with a big score in their sights.


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Bubble life appears to be getting to cricketers with the players needing to find ways to entertain themselves.

But the trend all year has seen some of the worst haircuts in living memory.

The winter sports went through an awful run of haircuts and now the BBL has been infiltrated.

Although he’s not playing today with the Renegades, four-Test veteran Jon Holland is rocking one of the all-time shocker haircuts.

Is it the reason he’s not playing – probably not – but even the Renegades and the BBL Twitter accounts had some fun with it.

Pretty sure this breaches the Code of Conduct somehow https://t.co/pxtsp4sZdk

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The biggest thing I’ve learnt from this year’s @BBL is that Australians sport some terrible, terrible haircuts

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He’s not alone with Peter Siddle’s blonde mop getting plenty of attention as well while the Stars’ Andre Fletcher has brought some flare with his West Indian style.

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While the Renegades are on the bottom of the ladder, Holland’s haircut has to go to the top of the worst hairstyles of the year.

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