Richardson, Harris shine as Renegades knock Thunder out of BBL

Kane Richardson picked four wickets in the game
Kane Richardson picked four wickets in the game

Melbourne Renegades 189-6 (Harris 64) beat
Sydney Thunder 180 (Richardson 4-22) by nine runs
37th game, Big Bash League, Canberra

Marcus Harris scored a determined 64 while Kane Richardson followed it with a four-wicket haul as Melbourne Renegades managed to edge out Sydney Thunder by nine runs in the 37th game of the Big Bash League in Canberra on Wednesday.

The win has taken Melbourne Renegades to the third position in the table while Sydney Thunder are knocked out of the tournament.

Earlier, it was the Thunder, who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Openers Matthew Short (280 and Harris (64) in particular played attacking game as the Renegades raced to 59 for naught in the first six overs.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed (1-27) brought an end to the 77-run opening stand when he had Short stumped in the ninth over and soon an indecision in running saw Tom Cooper (11) run out.

Harris' fifty came off just 31 deliveries but he could not quite kick-on till the end as he was castled by Chris Green (1-36). Even though Dwayne Bravo (16) and Kieron Pollard (23) failed to score quick, it was Jack Wildermuth (14) and a four-ball blitz from Beau Webster (18 not out) lifted the total to 189 for six in the 20 overs.

Chris Tremain (2-33) gave a perfect start to the Renegades with the ball as he removed both the openers James Vince (1) and Kurtis Patterson (3) in quick succession.

Shane Watson (22) struck consecutive sixes in the fifth over and Jay Lenton (23) repeated the same in the sixth as the Thunder got a move on. Like the openers, the duo fell in successive overs but Arjun Nair (45) and Ben Rohrer (48) got them going with a 84-run stand that came off just 38 deliveries.

Rohrer had a splendid 14th over when he hit Jack Wildermuth (1-43) for two sixes and four boundaries but despite the blitz, Thunder needed 55 runs off the final six overs and this is when Richardson (4-22) turned the game around as he first removed both the set batsmen and finished the innings well to dismiss the Thunder for 180 runs.

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