A bowling masterclass from Sydney Sixers quick Ben Dwarshuis has delivered the Sydney Sixers an upset 34-run win over the visiting Melbourne Renegades.
Having lost their first two matches away from home, the Sixers have now won three on the trot at the Sydney Cricket Ground – with Wednesday night’s win perhaps the most gutsy and impressive of the lot.
Sent into bat, the Sixers looked to be on track for a strong total after a stout half century from Josh Philippe. But his dismissal from him in the 12th over (55 off 40) left the Sixers 2-91 and sparked a collapse by the hosts, who lost 7-32 before finishing with a seemingly below-par 8-149.
“I thought, personally, they were 20 (runs) short,” Brett Lee told Fox Cricket.
Knowing a victory would take them to the top of the BBL 12 table, the Renegades started in atrocious fashion, with Kiwi international Martin Guptill out for a duck on debut before star opener Nic Maddinson fell for one.
After a 55-run stand between Aaron Finch and the returning Shaun Marsh, the Renegades went from 2-63 to be all-out for just 115 – having lost 8 wickets for just 52.
The collapse began just after the 10-over break, while Renegades coach David Saker was speaking to Fox Cricket during the 11th over.
Saker could only lament: “Every time I’m on this camera we lose a wicket, so I’m not doing it anymore lads!”
Sixers quick Dwarshuis, who had picked up two early wickets, returned late in the piece to bag another two and finish with figures of 4-19 including a very impressive 19 dot balls.
Brett Lee told Fox Cricket the Renegades were : “Humbled, when you look at the scoreboar.”.
“It was a lot of fun,” Dwarshuis said. “It was nice to go out there on a pitch that definitely favored the bowlers.”
Man of the match Dwarshuis revealed he had been working on increasing his pace over the last year, but a simple bowling strategy paid dividends. “It was pretty simplified out there… it was nice to go out there and execute that (plan).”
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MATCH CENTRE: Teams, stats, scoreboards and more
Sixers v Renegades: Match Highlights | 03:49
SECOND INNINGS WRAP
Having lost Andre Russell after his BBL stint expired, the Renegades were buoyed by the arrival of Martin Guptill, the third-highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals of all time (3531 runs). But he landed in Australia only yesterday in a restricted preparation, and his debut left plenty to be desired, being caught for behind a duck f Dwarshuis.
In-form captain Nic Maddinson was caught for just one by James Vince off Jackson Bird’s bowling, with the Renegades 2-8 after 3.4 overs in a horror start. Dwarshuis had figures of 1-2 off his first two overs.
In his first game of the season, Shaun Marsh set about rebuilding the Sixers innings alongside Aaron Finch – and soon smashed a delightful six over the rope.
Finch had been rapped on the hand by a brutal bouncer in the third over and fought through the pain, working with Marsh to build a half-century partnership and reach 2-58 at the 10-over drinks break. But immediately afterwards, Hayden Kerr clean bowled Shaun Marsh (28 off 25), leaving them 3-63.
Mid-interview Renegades coach David Saker told Fox Cricket: “Every time I’m on this camera we lose a wicket, so I’m not doing it anymore lads!”
Dwarshuis returned to the bowling attack in the 13th over and soon struck again, when Jon Wells flicked the ball off his pads straight to deep square-leg (1), with Dwarshuis’ figures moving to a stunning 2-3 after 3 overs!
And the Renegades’ chase completely came undone when Finch (36 off 35) was dismissed the following over, beaten by a slower ball from Murphy, popping it up to Moises Henriques for a simple catch.
It left the ‘Gades 5-71, having lost three wickets for 33 runs after the drinks break.
And things continued to fall apart when Sean Abbott picked up his first wicket of the night, having Akeal Hosein (3) caught behind with a healthy nick.
The Sixers took the power surge in the 17th over and Will Sutherland smashed a monster six off Ben Dwarshuis.
“He’s fast becoming one of the biggest hitters in world cricket,” Brett Lee said in commentary on Fox Cricket. “He’s pumped that!”
But Sutherland was brilliantly caught in the deep by a diving Abbott the following delivery.
“That was a beauty from Sean Abbott,” Brendan Julian declared on Fox Cricket.
The Renegades were 7-90, before Peter Handscomb was caught at mid-on two balls later (3).
Dwarshuis finished with 4-17.
The following over, Hayden Kerr made it 9-110 when Kane Richardson chopped the ball onto his own stumps, before Mujeeb Ur Rahman was caught for a duck by a leaping Dan Christian off Sean Abbott’s bowling, making it all out for 115.
Sean Abbott finished with figures of 2-17 and Kerr 2-30.
O’Keefe ROASTED for convenient injury | 02:42
The Sixers made 0-29 from the first four overs, before opener Kurtis Patterson (17 off 16) was caught by Kane Richardson, slashing at a Mujeeb ur Rahman ball to make it 1-32.
Josh Philippe – dropped by gloveman Peter Handscomb in the sixth over – smashed two sixes off Mujeeb in the seventh over, with both caught well by fans in the stands.
But the Renegades needed catching lessons from the fans, with James Vince dropped on just eight runs by Mujeeb after he skied a top edge wildly. That came after fielder Jono Wells just missed a tough chance to catch Philippe in the deep.
At the halfway mark, the Sixers were 1-80 with Philippe on 47 and Vince 15. But Philippe (55 off 40) waylaid a poor ramp shot straight to Hosein at short fine leg in the 12th over, leaving the Sixers 2-91.
Just three balls later, Sixers captain Moises Henriques (1) was run out after a mix-up with Vince, who unfortunately kicked the ball accidentally in the direction of bowler Tom Rogers.
Rogers turned and pegged the ball at the stumps, instead of just passing it to the waiting fielder, but Shaun Marsh pulled off a brilliant piece of fielding to catch the bouncing ball and remove the bails.
But the Renegades’ horror catching hit them again soon after, when Vince – on four runs – was dropped by captain Maddinson.
Vince worked his way to 26 runs before falling to a slower ball from Will Sutherland, whose leg cutter clipped middle stump to leave the Sixers 4-111 in the 15th over.
After the drinks break, the Sixers lost 3-32 in the next five overs. And the drama continued when Dan Christian was caught behind (7) off Richardson in the 17th over, after the Sixers took the power surge.
The following over, Silk (19) was stuck for three straight dot balls by some great bowling from Mujeeb before being caught by Aaron Finch after a thick outside edge. Two balls later, Hayden Kerr (1) chipped it straight to Martin Guptill at long on – meaning Mujeeb picked up two wickets for just one run in a remakable power surge over.
The Sixers were left at 7-130, having lost 6 wickets for 39 runs.
Sean Abbott lofted a ball skywards to Maddinson, caught for just one off Richardson’s bowling.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman finished with 3-29 off his four overs, while Richardson had 2-22 from his four – the same figures as Test bolter Will Sutherland.
The Renegades made four changes from their last match, including the introduction of two debutants in Kiwi Martin Guptill and Peter Handscomb. Shaun Marsh and Kane Richardson, also came in with Sam Harper, Jake Fraser-McGurk and David Moody out and Andre Russell having finished their BBL stint.
For the Sixers, veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe was ruled out after a hamstring injury suffered in Monday night’s clash. Ben Dwarshuis and Todd Murphy come in for Izharulhaq Naveed and the injured O’Keefe.
Sixers: Philippe (wk), Patterson, Vince, Henriques (c), Silk, Christian, Kerr, Abbott, Dwarshuis, Bird, Murphy
Renegades: Maddinson (c), Guptill, Marsh, Finch, Wells, Handscomb (wk), Hosein, Sutherland, Rogers, Richardson, Ur Rahman