BBL|04: Strikers condemn Renegades to early Big Bash exit

Melbourne Renegades lost any chance of reaching the last four of BBL|04 after they lost by 22 runs to top of the league Adelaide Strikers.

Travis Head led the way with 71 in 34 balls to push the Strikers to 166 for five. The Strikers had slipped to 27 for three as James Pattinson’s four over opening spell conceding only 12 runs. He also claimed the wicket of Craig Simmons who was caught behind.

Fellow opnening bat, Tim Ludeman (4) was the first to fall, run out by an accurate throw from the deep by Fawad Ahmed. Ryan ten Doeschate was bowled by Nathan Rimington a couple of deliveries later.

What followed was a record fourth wicket stand between Head and debutant Kelvin Smith. Head hit four boundaries in the seventh over and then smashed the first three balls of the 12th over from Ben Stokes over the fence. It was Head’s second fifty of the season and he accelerated to score 56-runs from his last 21 balls. He finally holed out, caught by Stokes on the mid-wicket boundary, off Ahmed.

Johan Botha hit 2 fours and a six in his 19-ball 32 and Smith was not out 41 from 34 balls.

The Renegades needed to win comfortably to stand any chance of progression in the tournament, but never got into gear.

A sluggish Matthew Wade with 22 from 45 balls set the tone. Alex Doolan and Callum Ferguson fell in the first six overs and the powerplay had them behind at 39 for two.

Adam Zampa continued his impressive campaign as he took 2 for 31 in 4 overs as Botha was his customary frugal self in the middle overs.

Only Stokes threatened to spoil the Strikers’ party with a powerful 33 from 19. Shakib and Tom Beaton hit three sixes between them, but the innings ran out of steam at 144 for seven.

The result sees the Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers cement their places in the final four.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Adelaide Strikers 8 6 1 0 1 13 +1.159 1058/125.3 1018/140.0
Perth Scorchers 7 5 2 0 0 10 +0.848 1043/135.5 954/139.4
Melbourne Stars 7 4 3 0 0 8 +0.337 1029/134.3 969/132.3
Sydney Sixers 7 4 3 0 0 8 -0.023 1049/134.4 1086/139.0
Hobart Hurricanes 8 3 5 0 0 6 -0.280 1202/151.4 1228/149.4
Melbourne Renegades 8 3 5 0 0 6 -0.331 1027/147.5 1156/158.5
Sydney Thunder 7 2 4 0 1 5 -0.561 852/117.0 800/102.0
Brisbane Heat 8 2 6 0 0 4 -1.116 1235/160.0 1284/145.2

James Buttler

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