Renegades out of BBL
The Melbourne Renegades crashed out of the Big Bash League with a 15 run defeat against Brisbane Heat in the first semi final on Tuesday.
The Renegades had topped the tables for most of the tournament while Heat made the cut off for the semis on their Net Run Rate. But the big game saw Heat come out on top thanks largely to an unbeaten 112* (70b, 4x15, 2x6) by Luke Pomersbach.
Pomersbach began to go for his shots in the third over after Heat chose to bat first after winning the toss. Renegades struck back with the wicket of his opening partner Peter Forrest but a 63 ball, 80 run partnership followed for the second wicket with Joe Burns (33).
That did not stop Pomersbach though and he went on to pound every bowler he came across. Muttiah Muralitharan had done a great job of reining in rampaging batsmen for the Renegades in the tournament but he too was taken for runs audaciously by his former RCB teammate. Murali’s sole wicket of the night was to be Dan Christian and he finished with figures of 1/35.
Pomersbach brought up his fifty with his eighth four off his 36th delivery and the next fifty came a bit quicker, taking just 29 deliveries. Heat posted an impressive total of 183/2 in their 20 overs.
Aaron Finch had a chance to reclaim the highest score of this year’s BBL, Pomersbach just having beaten his 111* and looked on course to do so for all of 2 overs. Renegades were on 34/0 after 3 overs but Ben Cutting conceded just 1 off the first five deliveries of the fourth over. Feeling the pressure, Hales went for a wild slog and was bowled off the sixth delivery. Finch could not find the ropes after that.
Heat were on top again two overs later when Alex Doolan and Finch were both sent back in the space of 3 deliveries. Ben Rohrer struck an explosive 42 (22b, 1x4, 3x6) but couldn’t find partners in the middle.
The Renegades innings finally winded up on 168/9, 15 short of the Heat total.
Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars in a remarkable chase in the other semifinal on Wednesday at the WACA in Perth. Stars had posted 183/2 in 18 overs after rain forced overs to be reduced. Set a revised target of 139 in 13 overs, they got there thanks to Shaun Marsh’s 68 (40b 8x4, 3x6) and a dramatic final over which saw a dropped catch, a missed run out, a no ball off the last ball with 3 runs required and a freehit.
Heat will play the Scorchers in the final, again at the WACA, on January 19th.