Renegades end losing streak, set sights on next BBL season
The Melbourne Renegades remain adamant they can win two Big Bash Leagues in three years, despite a remarkable fall from grace this summer.
The Renegades snapped a nine-game losing streak – an unprecedented run for the defending champions – on Wednesday night after beating the Sydney Thunder.
The Renegades’ Sam Harper says the team will reset for next season.Credit:Getty Images
"We've got some great new young players coming through and experience too, a fair few of the boys are on multi-year deals."
Harper emphasised the margins for error are minuscule in cricket's shortest format and said it only takes one player to change the course of a season.
'It's T20 – anyone can win," Harper said.
"All you need is Chris Lynn or AB De Villiers on their day, or Glenn Maxwell or (Marcus) Stoinis on their day.
"Every team has those match-winners, it's just about who performs on that day and that'll decide who wins."
The Renegade will finish their season with games against the Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers and Brisbane again.
They'll be without Australian representative Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson, who are on international duties in India, for the next two games.
t wasn't comprehensive but the Renegades were able to get the monkey off their backs after posting 4-172 and keeping the Thunder to 7-122 off a revised 14 overs to secure a 12-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
Thunder batsman Alex Ross (51) mounted a late fightback, blasting Mohammad Nabi for 26 runs off five balls in the 12th over, but it wasn't enough.
"We've got a great group of blokes. But when you're not winning, everyone was hurting a little bit after being none and nine and after the year we had last year," Harper said.
"I'm sure the win tonight will get the spirits up."
The Renegades won the toss and batted on Manuka Oval's traditionally high-scoring wicket, as Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris put on a 49-run opening stand.
Nathan McAndrew dropped a sitter early but Harris (22) wasn't given a second reprieve and was stumped by Jay Lenton off Liam Bowe (2-23) in the seventh over.
Marsh (47) put on another 49-run partnership with Harper (52) before he was caught by Chris Morris, trying to hit a six over cow corner to bring up his 50 off McAndrew (1-22).
Beau Webster thumped a second-ball six which bounced off the Don Bradman Stand roof and onto Canberra Avenue. They never found the ball.
Webster (8) tried to slap one over mid-wicket but McAndrew atoned for his earlier drop with a sharp catch in the deep off Bowe in the 15th over.
Harper brought up his half-century with a contentious six off Morris (1-40) in the final over but was dismissed lbw off the next ball.
Thunder opener Usman Khawaja went for a duck in the first over after he was caught behind in a brilliantly one-hander by Harper off Andrew Fekete (1-13).
Unlucky Callum Ferguson was run out at the non-striker's end after Alex Hales creamed a straight drive into Fekete's hand before it deflected onto the stumps.
The Thunder were 3-31 when Daniel Sams was plumb lbw to Nabi in the fifth over before the heavens opened and rain delayed play for 27 minutes.
When played resumed, Hales (31) went chasing the game and was caught in the deep by Webster off Dan Christian (3-14).
Morris (8) was next to hole out off Samit Patel (1-23) before Christian dismissed Lenton (2) and Ross in the final over.
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