Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson have given Melbourne Renegades a winning start in their opening match against Perth Scorchers. Lalor and Richardson picked up three wickets each and never let the opposition stable as they were bundled out for just 130 in the 20th over at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. The below-par score was too easy for the Renegades batsmen which they chased in the 17th over for the loss of the just three wickets.
The 4th match of the BBL 10 was between the Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers. Both the teams were playing their first match of the season. Renegades made the winning start after putting into bat by the Scorchers. The men in red first restricted the men in orange at a below-par score of 130 runs thanks to their opening combo bowlers, Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson and then raced through the low total on the back of quick 50 of Shaun Marsh.
Perth Scorchers innings – Lalor, Richardson keep Scorchers at bay
Josh Inglis and Colin Munro came out to bat for Perth Scorchers but the partnership could not go well beyond the first over. Munro was done and dusted by Josh Lalor in the opening over.
The next over, Kane Richardson was in action and he too immediately made an impact for the team. Holing out Inglis on just the 3rd ball and restricting the score to 9-2 after two overs.
Lalor and the next over. Wicket again. Joe Clarke is facing for the first time in the night and he drove the ball beautifully wide of mid-off. The fourth ball was launched for a maximum as Clarke sloted a length ball into the stands. The sixth ball. It’s a wicket. Top-edged and the keeper took it easily. Lalor had his second wicket of the night in as many overs Score after three overs, 19-3.
There was a brief redemption from the next batsmen, Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner but soon it all started again. The collapse. A direct hit from Sam Harper had tears for Turner.
The innings was going nowhere and the wickets were falling at regular intervals. At the 10-over mark, the score was 75-5 and at the
20-over mark 19.1 over mark, the score was 130-10.
Aaron Hardie was the top scorer for the Scorchers with his 33 runs. The score somehow reached 130 runs.
Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson picked up three wickets each.
Melbourne Renegades innings – Shaun Marsh leads the Renegades win with the bat
130 is not a good, fightable score in T20 cricket. And Melbourne Renegades proved it easily. Opening the innings, two hugely experienced cricketers, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch.
The pair pulled a 70-run opening partnership that almost end all the hopes and chances for the Perth Scorchers.
Finch departed in the 9th over for the score of 35.
It was then just a matter of time. Shaun Marsh was just out at the total score of 130 runs at 16.2 mark. One ball later, the chase was completed.
Shaun Marsh dominated the chase with 62 runs off 47 balls that included seven 4s and one six.
Jhye Richardson picked up two wickets; Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch were the victims. Fawad Ahmed picked up one wicket.
Melbourne Renegades made a winning start to their Big Bash campaign and completed dominated the Perth Scorchers winning comprehensively by seven wickets.
Josh Lalor was the man of the match of the night for his great opening spell picking up two wickets. He returned with the match figures of 3-30 in his quota of four overs.
Man of the Match: Josh Lalor
Result: Melbourne Renegades win by 7 wickets
Points: Melbourne Renegades 4, Perth Scorchers 0