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‘Gades Find Their Groove in Geelong

06 January 2022

A valiant effort from our inexperienced side of eight debutants proved a tough night out in Geelong as the Melbourne Renegades ran rampant.

Putting aside COVID-interrupted preparations a new-look side of fringe state players rounded out our playing XI as veteran Tom Cooper led the teal for the first time since he captained the Renegades three years ago.

After losing the bat-flip, Cooper and his men were sent into bat first at humid GMHBA Stadium. The Heat were off to a flyer, sitting comfortably at 0-33 at the end of the PowerPlay.

Just four balls after the PowerPlay, former Heater Zahir Khan (2-21) trapped Jack Clayton lbw and was sent back to the sheds for 15.

Pakistani signing Fakhar Zaman’s (3) debut was short-lived as he mis-timed a sweep to Zak Evans at deep mid-wicket.

Our leading run-scorer Sam Heazlett (12) struggled to backup his stellar form with the bat, skying one off spinner Mohammed Nabi (2-19).

But it was Heat assistant coach Darren Lehmann’s son Jake who took control of the game for the Heat. The former Adelaide Striker smoked eight boundaries and finished on a noble 65 runs off 52 balls.

Given the circumstances, the Heat managed to post a comfortable 128 chase for the home-team.

Just three balls into the chase South Australian Redback David Grant (3-20) drew his first blood in Sam Harper as he clean-bowled the opener for naught.

Some dominance from BBL veterans Aaron Finch (37) and Shaun Marsh (57) put the ‘Gades in the box seat to clinch the win. Marsh’s half century coming off just 31 balls and featuring a massive six boundaries and three maximums.

A group effort from our international’s saw Mujeeb (1-17) take the breakthrough wicket of Marsh, caught by a blinder from Fakhar Zaman running in from the boundary.

While the Renegades middle order batters Will Sutherland (5) and Mackenzie Harvey (0) fell in succession, some handy runs from their captain Nic Maddinson (22*) aided the Red to take home the four-point win and move them just one-point ahead of us on the BBL11 leaderboard.

Now sixth, the Heat have the chance to rewrite the standings on Saturday when we meet the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.