BBL 2017/18 40th Match: Cooper, Short star as Renegades advance to semi-finals

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Tom Cooper walloped eight boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 65

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Tom Cooper and Matthew Short made 65 not out and 62 respectively as the Melbourne Renegades downed the Brisbane Heat by 26 runs to qualify for the Big Bash League (BBL) semi-finals.

As a result of their win, the Hobart Hurricanes, who lost to the Melbourne Stars earlier in the day, also booked their spot in the semi-finals.

Being put in to bat first, the Renegades got off to a magnificent start as openers Marcus Harris and Short amassed a 75-run partnership before Harris was brilliantly caught by Heat captain Brendon McCullum for a 30-ball 42.

Short and Cooper kept the runs flowing with an 83-run stand, during which Short surpassed his fifty, before he was caught and bowled by Josh Lalor for 62 off 48 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Even though Kieron Pollard fell for one run, Cooper went on to score 65 off 36 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and two sixes.

Thanks to his efforts with the bat, the Renegades finished on 187/3 off their 20 overs.

Lalor, Mitchell Swepson and Mark Steketee picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 188 to win, the Heat found themselves in trouble early on as Chris Lynn, Sam Heazlett and and McCullum were dismissed in quick succession.

Alex Ross and Matt Renshaw stemmed the flow of wickets with a 47-run partnership before Renshaw was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo for 22.

Ben Cutting and Ross kept the scoreboard ticking with a 48-run stand before Cutting, who made 35, became Bravo’s second victim.

Ross went on to make 36, but once he was gone, the Heat struggled to keep up with the required run rate and ended up being bowled out for 161.

Kane Richardson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Bravo and Chris Tremain claimed three wickets each.

Cooper was named Man of the Match.

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