BBL 2017/18 37th Match: Richardson, Harris eliminate the Thunder

Marcus Harris 64 Kane Richardson four wickets Melbourne Renegades Sydney Thunder BBL cricket

Marcus Harris thumped a 41-ball 64 before Kane Richardson took his four-for

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Kane Richardson took four wickets and Marcus Harris smashed 64 as the Melbourne Renegades downed the Sydney Thunder by nine runs and ended their Big Bash League (BBL) campaign.

With their win, the Renegades are in third place on the standings, while the Thunder sit in sixth.

Being put in to bat first, the Renegades got off to a brilliant start as Matthew Short and Harris amassed a 77-run partnership before Short was stumped by Jay Lenton off the bowling of Fawad Ahmed for 28.

Tom Cooper only made 11 before he slipped while running and was run out by Ben Rohrer.

Up to this point, Harris had been taking the attack to the Thunder’s bowling attack and ended up making 64 off 41 balls, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Chris Green.

Once Harris was gone, the Renegades began losing wickets at regular intervals, but a majority of their batsmen made useful contributions.

As a result, they concluded their innings on 189/6.

Gurinder Sandhu was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Fawad, Green and Mitchell McClenaghan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 190 to win, the Thunder made a horrible start to their innings as opener James Vince was dismissed on the eighth ball when he was caught by Jon Holland off the bowling of Chris Tremain.

Tremain removed Kurtis Patterson in his next over, while Thunder captain Shane Watson and Lenton scored 22 and 23 respectively before being dismissed.

With the Thunder in a spot of bother at 51/4, Arjun Nair and Rohrer stabilised the innings with an 84-run partnership before Nair was sent packing by Richardson a 25-ball 45.

Richardson struck again five balls later as Rohrer was caught by Jack Wildermuth at deep midwicket for 48 off 21 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Once Rohrer was gone, the Thunder collapsed as they went from 143/6 to being bowled out for 180.

Richardson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Tremain and Kieron Pollard snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Wildermuth and Holland, they claimed one wicket each.

Richardson was named Man of the Match.

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