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Opening batsman Marcus Harris hammered a highly entertaining 85 as the Melbourne Renegades defeated the Adelaide Strikers by six runs.
Being put in to bat first, the Renegades got off to a fabulous start as Harris and captain Aaron Finch amassed a 55-run partnership before Finch was dismissed by Michael Neser for 19.
Cameron White and Tom Cooper could only add 10 and 14 respectively, but in that period of time Harris took the attack to the Strikers and continued to do so until he was dismissed for 85 off 53 balls, which included six boundaries and four sixes.
While the Renegades lost wickets in a heap after that, Callum Ferguson’s quickfire 26 led to the team finishing on 171/9 off their 20 overs.
Kieron Pollard was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Neser and Ben Laughlin snapped up two wickets apiece. Ish Sodhi and Liam O’Connor, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 172 to win, the Strikers started well as openers Ben Dunk and wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman put together a 53-run stand before Ludeman was removed by Nathan Rimmington for 29.
The Strikers began losing wickets at regular intervals following Ludeman’s departure mostly due to Thisara Perera, but many batsmen, including Dunk, Pollard, captain Brad Hodge and Jono Dean, made encouraging starts to their innings, but were unable to go on and convert it into a bigger score.
In the end, that came back to haunt the Strikers as they ended up falling just short of the Renegades’ target, which cost them a valuable two points and leaves them rooted at the bottom of the Big Bash League (BBL) points table.
Perera was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Rimmington, Cooper and Sunil Narine claimed one wicket each.
Harris was named Man of the Match.