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Sam Harper stroked a 40-ball 56 © Getty
Sam Harper and Tom Cooper were involved in an unbroken century stand as Melbourne Renegades picked up their fourth win of the 2018-19 BBL season to be placed second on the points table. Brisbane Heat’s batting failure hurt them as the Renegades chased down 145 with 26 balls to spare to register a dominating victory.
Renegades were initially in a spot of bother when they lost openers Mackenzie Harvey and Marcus Harris in the span of five deliveries after they added 37 for the opening wicket. Harris, in particular, was in great touch striking five boundaries and a six in his 18-ball 28. Harper though showed his intent right from the outset when he smashed Mujeeb Ur Rahman for a boundary off the very first ball he faced. Renegades could have been put under more pressure had Chris Lynn grabbed a tough opportunity that came his way during the last over of the powerplay.
Cooper though made full use of it to smash the same bowler Mitchell Swepson for a six over cover in his next over. Brendan Doggett then went through a frustrating phase where he first gave Cooper another reprieve before conceding a couple of boundaries to Harper in the tenth over to almost concede the chase. From thereon, it was easy work for the duo as they milked the bowling attack to complete the formalities.
Earlier in the day, a collective batting failure meant Heat could muster only 144/8 in their quota, a total that was always going to be just a par score. Brendon McCullum was the only one to put up a fight but even the veteran took 47 balls to make 50 that hampered the scoring rate. Ben Cutting gave his side some much-needed injection at the death but his wicket off the final ball of the 18th over meant the home side could muster only 11 runs in the final two overs. Usman Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3/16.
Brief scores: Brisbane Heat 144/8 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 50; Usman Khan 3-16, Cameron Boyce 2-17) lost to Melbourne Renegades 145/2 in 15.4 overs (Sam Harper 56*, Tom Cooper 36*; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1-23) by 8 wickets.