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BLOG: KFC BBL06: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba

The Melbourne Renegades have defeated the Brisbane Heat by 1-run in front of a crowd of 35,112 at the Gabba. 

There was no shortage of fireworks at the Gabba tonight when Brisbane Heat skipper Brendon McCullum hit the second fastest half-century in BBL history, 50 off just 18 balls. It wasn’t enough to get Brisbane over the line with the Renegades winning off the final ball of the game. Renegade skipper Aaron Finch named man of the match.

Click play to hear from Brendon McCullum and all the 2nd innings highlights from the Gabba.

1st Innings: Melbourne Renegades 5/199 after 20 overs.

The Brisbane Heat require 200 runs for victory as they look to secure a home semi-final. The Renegades came out swinging led by skipper Aaron Finch (71) and Marcus Harris (48) who piled on 75 runs in the powerplay as the Renegades charged towards a big score. Callum Ferguson added a qucik-fire 31 to help the Renegades post 199 after 20 overs. Mark Steketee the pick of the bowlers for Brisbane finishing with 2/37.

Click play to hear from Mark Steketee plus all the 1st innings highlights from the Gabba.

 

The Brisbane Heat have won the toss and elected to bowl.

The KFC Big Bash is back at the Gabba tonight with the Brisbane Heat playing host to the Melbourne Renegades. The Heat come into tonight’s match sitting top of the table at 5-2 with the Renegades at 3-4. A win for the Heat will mean securing a home semi-final whilst for the Renegades, a victory would have them sitting in 4th spot then relying on other match results to go their way to determine their finals destiny.

Both sides have made changes to their 13-man squads ahead of tonight’s match. For the Heat, skipper Brendon McCullum returns from suspension and speedster Josh Lalor returns from injury, the pair replacing Nathan Reardon and Tymal Mils. For the Renegades, Andrew Harriott replaces keeper Peter Nevill who has been ruled out due to injury. With finals on the line there’s guaranteed to be no shortage of fireworks in front of a sell-out crowd at the Gabba.

Click play to hear captains Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch with their thoughts ahead of tonight’s clash.

Brisbane Heat Squad

McCullum (c), Peirson, Heazlett, Ross, Burns, Labuschagne, Cutting, Wildermuth, Buchanan, Steketee, Swepson

Melbourne Renegades Squad

Finch (c), Harris, White, Cooper, Ferguson, Perera, Narine, Harriott, Pattinson, Rimmington, Hogg

 

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