BBL 2015/16 3rd Match – Finch, White help Renegades triumph over Heat

Finch was named Man of the Match for his spectacular innings of 65

Finch was named Man of the Match for his spectacular innings of 65

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Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch smashed 65 and Cameron White hammered 55 to lead their side to a seven-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat.

Heat captain Chris Lynn would have been content with his decision to bat first even though the top order, with the exception of Lendl Simmons, failed to have a major impact.

Simmons scored 29 runs and his contribution was backed up by the entire middle order as Lynn, Nathan Reardon, Ben Cutting and James Hopes made 35, 28, 30 and 24 respectively to lead the Heat to 180/5 off their 20 overs.

Xavier Doherty was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Chris Tremain, Nathan Rimmington and Dwayne Bravo chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 181 to win, West Indies opener Chris Gayle got the Renegades off to a blistering start before his entertaining innings came to an end on 23.

Finch and White took over from that point on as they amassed a 111-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Finch was caught by Josh Lalor at fine leg off the bowling of Andrew Fekete.

Finch’s magnificent innings of 65 came off 45 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes.

Fekete struck again the very next ball as White was caught by Cutting at deep square leg for 55 off 41 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.

White blasted four boundaries and a six during his knock of 55

White blasted four boundaries and a six during his knock of 55

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With the Renegades still needing 35 off three overs to win, Bravo went berserk in the penultimate over and his side subsequently required just five runs to win in the last over.

Matthew Wade brought the scores level with a boundary off the first ball before finishing off the match with another boundary two balls later.

Bravo finished on 22 off nine balls, which included one boundary and two sixes, while Wade remained undefeated on 11 off six deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Fekete was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Mark Steketee claimed one.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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