Melbourne Renegades brushed aside Melbourne Stars in the derby encounter at the MCG on Tuesday (January 3) to pick up a much-needed win. Both the sides went into this game searching for a win after making an erratic start to the campaign. In the end, it was Tom Rogers' five-wicket haul that made the difference as Renegades prevailed by 33 runs.
Renegades brush aside Stars in Melbourne derby
Renegades made a decent start to the game with the bat with Martin Guptill glancing New Zealand teammate Trent Boult for a boundary. Even though Sam Harper fell for a duck at the other end, Guptill and Shaun Marsh added 51 for the second wicket to set up a solid foundation. Guptill then got a leading edge to fall for 32 and from thereon, Stars slowly started taking control of the game.
Boult got rid of Aaron Finch and Marsh to hurt Renegades and the rest of the attack chipped in as well to keep striking at regular intervals towards the end. Mackenzie Harvey was the only one to put up some resistance as he came up with a vital cameo to guide his side past the 140 mark.
Chasing 142, Stars received a jolt very early. Joe Clarke was castled by Tom Rogers second ball and then Beau Webster and Thomas Rogers were dismissed by the same bowler in the third over. Will Sutherland joined the party soon as the top four were all dismissed for single-digit scores.
Stars pretty much needed a miracle from 18/4 to get anywhere closer to the target and even though Hilton Cartwright and Nick Larkin steadied the innings for a while, they couldn't sustain for a long period. Rogers came back to trigger another collapse as four more batters failed to touch double digits. Larkin was the only one to offer some fight as he remained unbeaten on 48 but Rogers completed his five-wicket haul to bowl his side to a comfortable victory eventually.
Brief scores: Melbourne Renegades 141/7 in 20 overs (Mackenzie Harvey 32*; Trent Boult 2/23) beat Melbourne Stars 108/9 in 20 overs (Nick Larkin 48*; Tom Rogers 5/16) by 33 runs