Melbourne Renegades 8/148 (20 Overs) v Perth Scorchers @ Docklands Stadium
1. Tye Delivers Again With Key Wicket
Scorchers' bowling lynchpin, Andrew Tye, delivered once again by taking the key wicket of Aaron Finch to change the momentum of this game. Tye totally deceived Finch with a shorter, slower ball which stuck in the wicket. Finch was made to look a little silly, spooning a simple chance to cover. However, we all know how high class a T20 player Finch is, and for him to be totally deceived shows the arsenal skills Tye has to offer. Finch had looked extremely dangerous reaching 24 from just 14 balls after launching into both Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Marsh in the opening 3 overs.
2. Cameron White Is Still A High Class Player
I said in the preview, I have a huge wrap for Cameron White, and I think he should be opening the batting for the Renegades. He was looking really menacing on 37 from 29 balls before he skied one off Ashton Turner. Fair play to Marcus Harris who did a decent job getting 25 from 24 balls and has been in good domestic form, however I want my best top order players getting the full 20 overs to try and craft out a 100. White has been around the block and remains good enough to play for Australia in short form cricket despite appearing to have been discarded at 33 years of age. White still has 4-5 years as a real gun for hire if Australia don't want anything to do with him.
3. Ashton Agar Is Not a Frontline T20 Spinner
I think on opposition tip sheets they have a plan to go after Agar. The Scorchers lost a lot of the strangle hold they have held on teams with the ball without Brad Hogg in the middle overs. Hogg commanded respect as he had a degree of mystery to him as he was hard to read spinning the ball both ways. Agar has a nice classical action, however is proving pretty easy to line up and with his height is proving easy to get underneath and loft over the in field. With Agar failing to fire, the donkey work was left to right arm off spinner Ashton Turner. Turner, bowling a defensive line from around the wicket, did a great holding job, picking up 2 for 26 from 4 overs, including the key wickets of Harris and White.
4. Renegades Lacking Firepower in the Middle Order
The Renegades really fell apart here in the middle order after a great platform from their top 3. Don't get me wrong - having Ferguson, Bravo, Cooper and Neville is not a bad middle order for the Renegades. However none of them are your really explosive type players that are going to really put the frighteners up the opponents. All are good batsmen in their own right, however there is far too much onus on Aaron Finch to be the one clearing the pickets and changing the opposition's plans. Here the Renegades really squandered a fine start from being 2/100 after 12 overs, to only a pretty mediocre score of 148. While Ferguson did a steady job, getting 28 from 21, he got out at a poor time and then the Renegades really ground to a halt.
5. The Lurker is Poised to Pounce
The Lurker has already landed the first half of his high bat double with Cameron White top scoring for the Renegades. If Shaun Marsh can top score for the Scorchers, the Lurker will have landed another miracle $14 double. The Lurker will fancy his chances of going 8 from 9 tonight with the Scorchers requiring 148 from their 20 overs to get their second win of the season. In their last clash at Docklands, Klinger and Marsh put on a clinic, chasing 170 without losing a wicket. However they will have a far sterner test tonight, with ex-Scorcher, Brad Hogg, keen to get the better of his old team mates and the wicket holding up.