Renegades storm into semi-final with comfortable win over Brisbane
Melbourne Renegades 187-3 (Cooper 65no) beat
Brisbane Heat 161 (Richardson 4-35) by 26 runs
40th game, Big Bash League, Brisbane
A complete all-round effort from Melbourne Renegades saw them outplay Brisbane Heat by 26 runs to win the 40th game of the Big Bash League at The Gabba as they progress to the knock-out stage.
The defeat also means Brisbane Heat miss the qualification to the semi-finals with Hobart Hurricanes managing to finish fourth with 10 points.
Chasing 188 for a win, Brisbane were handed early blows from Kane Richardson (4-35) and Chris Tremain (3-29) as they accounted for Brendon McCullum (5) and Sam Heazlett (3) respectively.
Chris Lynn (22) with his 13-ball cameo tried to up the ante before he became Richardson's second victim. From there on Matt Renshaw (22), Alex Ross (36), Ben Cutting (35) and Jimmy Peirson (25 not out) tried to put a valiant fight but regular fall of wickets meant their chase is always going to be tough.
Richardson, Tremain and Dwayne Bravo (3-25) shared all the 10 wickets between them as the Renegades move to the semi-finals.
Earlier, it was the top-order contribution that propelled Renegades to 187 for three in the 20 overs after they were invited to bat first by Brisbane Heat.
Marcus Harris (42), Matthew Short (62) and Tom Cooper (65 not out) all contributed as the Brisbane bowlers except for the leg-spinners Yasir Shah (0-25) and Mitchell Swepson (1-27) failed to find their rhythm.
Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes will face in the first semi-final on 1st February and in the following day Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers will be seen in action with Perth and Adelaide being the venues for the two games.
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