BBL 2016/17 30th Match: Renegades keep BBL season alive with nail-biting one-run win over the Heat

Finch was named Man of the Match for his knock of 71

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The Melbourne Renegades kept their Big Bash League (BBL) campaign alive after skirting past the Brisbane Heat by one run in a thrilling showdown at the Gabba.

Being put in to bat first, the Renegades got off to a spectacular start as captain Aaron Finch and his opening partner, Marcus Harris, amassed a 106-run partnership, during which Finch surpassed his half-century.

With things getting out of hand for the Heat, Ben Cutting provided the breakthrough they desperately needed as he removed Harris for 48.

Finch went on to make 71 off 35 balls, which included six boundaries and four sixes, before he was sent packing by Mark Steketee.

The Renegades began to lose wicets at regular intervals after Finch’s dismissal, but thanks to an unbeaten 31 by Callum Ferguson, they ended up finishing on 199/5 off their 20 overs.

Steketee was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Cutting, Marnus Labuschagne and Nick Buchanan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 200 to win, the Heat were dealt a big blow on the seventh ball of their innings as opener Jimmy Peirson was caught behind off the bowling of James Pattinson for one run.

Captain Brendon McCullum and Sam Heazlett made up for the loss of Peirson with a 71-run stand, during which McCullum made second-fastest fifty in BBL history as he needed just 18 balls to bring up his half-century.

Heazlett ended up making 28 before he was dismissed by Thisara Perera, while McCullum hammered 64 off 40 deliveries, which included six boundaries and three sixes, before he became Perera’s second victim.

McCullum’s entertaining innings of 64 went in vain

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The Heat lost a flurry of wickets and went in to the last over needing 18 runs to win. A wide and a pair of sixes from Joe Burns saw the runs required plummet to just five.

However, Burns was dismissed the very next ball for 35 before Nathan Rimmington bowled another wide. Buchanan was run out after that before yet another wide was bowled.

With Rimmington finally getting his line right and not conceding a run off the penultimate ball, the Heat found themselves needing three to win off the last ball, which happened to be a wide, but it resulted in Steketee being run out, which led to the Heat being bowled out and the Renegades clinching a narrow victory.

Rimmington, Perera and Sunil Narine took two wickets apiece, while Pattinson and Brad Hogg claimed one wicket each.

Finch was named Man of the Match.

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