Melbourne jumped back into second place on the Big Bash ladder after a stellar performance with the ball saw them defend a modest total.
Cameron Boyce was the star of the show after his blistering half century helped the home side crack the three figure mark.
Thunder collapse as Renegades roll
For the second straight game the Melbourne Renegades have defended a rather modest total to record another win and jump into second spot on the ladder.
The Renegades’ innings was looking bleak early when skipper Aaron Finch once again failed at the crease along with fellow opener Mackenzie Harvey.
Finch again looked out of touch at the crease and was sent on his way after only making 10 runs from 10 deliveries.
The latest failure adds to a horror summer where the star player has gone from Test opener to being dropped and now supremely out of form.
Edge and GOOONE!
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 30, 2019
But as the rest of the batting order completely fell apart, it was leg spinner Cameron Boyce who played the unlikely role of saviour.
After coming in at number eight and the team stuck at 6-77, Boyce set about building a respectable total for the home team.
The spinner blasted his way to a quickfire half century off only 22 balls and helped push the total to 140 from the 20 overs.
Boyce only brought up the mark on the last ball of the innings when he belted the delivery along the turf to the rope.
It equals the record for the fastest half century so far throughout the Big Bash competition.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 30, 2019
Goodness me. One of the best #BBL08 knocks you’ll see from Boyce!
— Tim Yeatman (@TimYeatman) January 30, 2019
Then the Sydney Thunder innings got underway and their nightmare display began early when skipper Shane Watson was back in the sheds after the opening over.
Young star Jason Sangha opened the batting alongside Watson, but also failed to deliver as the duo only made a combined six runs.
Callum Ferguson and Anton Devcich then set about repairing the innings, but Devcich tried to go a bit quicker than necessary and unfortunately holed out to Dan Christian.
Chris Green was then runout in truly horror circumstances. The Thunder star began his run back to the keepers end when his bat jammed into the turf and despite being across the line his foot was in the air when the bails were taken off.
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It didn’t get any prettier for the Thunder as the Renegades bowlers put the clamps on and never took their foot off.
Kane Richardson led the way with figures of 3/27 from his four overs, but Dan Christian was simply remarkable as his four overs only went for a total of nine runs.
The win vaults the Renegades into second spot and seals a finals berth for the men in red.
Finch finally gets a win
Struggling Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch has had a mini-victory after winning the bat flip and electing to bat first.
Renegades XI: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Sam Harper (wk), Tom Cooper, Mackenzie Harvey, Daniel Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Beau Webster, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Harry Gurney.
Thunder XI: Shane Watson (c), Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Baxter Holt (wk), Chris Jordan, Jono Cook, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed.
Forgotten star’s blessing in disguise
Forgotten paceman Chris Tremain insists he’s not upset about missing out on a dream Test debut this summer, saying it could be a blessing in disguise.
Tremain’s Test debut was within reach in November after being selected in Australia’s 14-man squad for the series against India.
Not only was he unable to break through for a Test, the 27-year-old also missed out on a big chunk of the BBL season while staying on the fringes of the national set-up.
In fact, Tremain didn’t play cricket for almost six weeks before making his return on January 17 in a three-day practice match against Sri Lanka.
Tremain has since played two matches for his BBL franchise the Melbourne Renegades — and he has been quick to remind fans what they’ve been missing out on.
In Monday’s 78-run win over the Scorchers in Perth, Tremain produced his finest T20 display on the way to figures of 3-9 from four overs.
Tremain missed out on a place in the squad for the current two-Test series against Sri Lanka, with selectors preferring Jhye Richardson.
Richardson starred in the first Test with figures of 3-26 and 2-19. Tremain was philosophical about missing out on the Test action this summer, saying it has helped refresh his battered body.
“It’s really cool that in Australia we have no shortage of fast bowlers,” Tremain said.
“We have three of the best in the world or up there with the best in the world (in Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood).
“Then on the sidelines we’ve got Peter Siddle biding his time, and then Jhye Richardson got his opportunity and did extremely well.
“I can’t be too bitter or grumpy about it, because who’s spot are you going to take? There’s five names right there that I’d have to wait (for them) to fall over and leapfrog.”
Tremain knows he faces a challenge to stay fit during the back end of the Sheffield Shield season.
“I had probably 10 games off, which wasn’t so bad after six Shield games where I was sort of struggling and labouring a little bit through those last couple of games,” Tremain said.
“(I get) perpetual niggles. I’ve had backs, knees, hammies, quads — point at a body part and I’ve had it. It’s a bit of an issue.”