The Melbourne Renegades completed a comfortable 8 wicket win over the Sydney Thunder today, completing the victory with 37 balls to spare.
Excellent early bowling from Australian youngster James Pattinson saw the Thunder fall to 13-2 (2.3 overs) when experienced pair Michael Hussey (10 off 8) and Jacques Kallis (0 off 2) were dismissed.
The next three in; Andrew MacDonald, Aiden Blizzard and England's new one day international captain Eoin Morgan could muster just 29 runs between them as Pattinson struck again, finishing with figures of 3-24.
Thunder's batting effort falls well short
West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell also got in on the act, taking 2-20, including the wicket of Morgan. Daniel Hughes (40* off 35) and Chris Hartley (23 off 26) put on a stand of 51 for the 6th wicket, before Hartley was run out by Dwayne Bravo and the Thunder innings finished soon after with a below par 114-6.
The Renegades, set a target of 115 to win, strolled to victory, with captain Aaron Finch top scoring with 48 off 37. Finch put on a stand of 58 for the second wicket with Callum Ferguson (30* off 24) until the Aussie opener was caught at deep square leg. The winning runs where hit by Russell, promoted up the order and finished 16* off 7.
This was the Melbourne outfit’s first win of the season, moving them above the Thunder to 5th in the table and are next in action on January 3rd when they take on the Stars in the Melbourne derby, whilst the Thunder take on defending champions, Perth Scorchers, on New Year’s Day.