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Finch Steers Renegades Home to Crush Heat Hopes

27 January 2020

An unbeaten 63 from Aaron Finch led the Melbourne Renegades to a seven-wicket win that ended the Brisbane Heat's finals hopes

WATCH: Renegades vs Heat Match Highlights

The match in a tweet: Renegades break Heat hearts as Aaron Finch continues strong finish to #BBL09 to end send Brisbane tumbling out of the finals

The score: Brisbane Heat 7-154 (Renshaw 65; Sutherland 3-30) lost to the Melbourne Renegades 3-155 (Finch 63*, Nabi 38*)

The hero: Fresh off a whirlwind century in vain against the Sydney Sixers, Aaron Finch played a more controlled, but match-winning hand, that put the dagger in the Heat's stuttering BBL09 campaign.

The consolation act: Matthew Renshaw has blossomed into a more-than-capable middle-order bat for Brisbane and the hit-and-miss Heat needed all of the left-hander's ingenuity to find a way to a competitive total.

Much has been expected of the likes of Chris Lynn and AB de Villiers but with both dismissed by spin by the ninth over and the side languishing at 4-65, Renshaw had to shoulder the responsibility in the do-or-die clash.

The No.5 did not shirk the responsibility, at first forced to restock with Marnus Labuschagne (28 off 26 balls) in a 61-run stand. But the batter known as 'Turtle' during his 11-game Test stint did not go into his shell, hitting four crucial sixes over the leg-side.

He ensured 65 runs came off the final seven overs of the innings to give the visitors something to bowl at.

WATCH: Renshaw 65 off 47


The support cast: The ninth edition of the BBL has been a learning curve for the talented Will Sutherland, who has been tried in a number of different roles with both bat and ball.

But looking ahead to next season, Sutherland put forward a case to take the new ball after dismissing both Heat openers either side of a Ben Cutting blitz.

Cutting smashed 22 off five balls off Sutherland including an enormous blow that landed on Marvel Stadium's unoccupied third tier. But 20-year-old held his nerve to trap Cutting lbw having earlier had Sam Heazlett skying one to mid-off.

A third scalp followed from the penultimate over of the innings gave him his best ever BBL figures and the fact just eight runs came from the 13 balls he did not bowl to Cutting suggests Sutherland is capable of assuming a bigger role for the 'Gades next season. 

The catch: The Renegades were doing everything they could to get Renshaw but it was James Pattinson who took the only catch off him, casually clinging onto a slog-swept six in the dugout.

And with batting gloves on, no less.

WATCH: Patto Catches Renshaw Six


The next stop: The Heat's defeat consigns them to seventh spot and brings a premature end to a campaign that began with them pre-season title favourites after adding de Villiers to an already-powerful batting line-up, but fell desperately short of expectations.

A win would have seen them host a final at the Gabba, but instead the Hobart Hurricanes will now host the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on Thursday in the sudden-death 'Eliminator' final.