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Cricket news - Finch fifty helps Renegades down Thunder

Aaron Finch made 54 off 38 balls.

Aaron Finch cracked a helpful hand 54, while Kane Richardson and Harry Gurney two scalps took each as the Melbourne Renegades posted a hard-fought 12-run victory over Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, on Tuesday (22. January). In pursuit of 153, the Thunder only 140 could muster.

According to the insert in the bat, the Renegades off to a bad start with Daniel Sams dismissal of Cameron Boyce for no score. Sam Harper (12), it was not long, and at 12 for 2, Renegades were in a spot of trouble. The Renegades-duo Finch and White (40) resurrected the innings with a stand of 65 for the fourth wicket. After White was forced out of Sam's, the Renegades lost four wickets for only 13 runs. Sam's bagged three scalps for the home side.

Thunder got off to a good start, losing two wickets with only 23 runs on the board. In this stage, Callum Ferguson (52) and Jason Sangha (54*) helped the hosts recover in time. However, after the loss of Ferguson in the 13th over, the score read 87 for 3, the rest of the Thunder-blow man, don't up the ante. The point may be collected capsulised by the fact that the Renegades are only 38 runs in the last five overs.

Renegades are to be found in the second position with 12 points, while Thunder slot in on the fourth place with nine points.

Brief scores: Melbourne Renegades 152/9 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 54; Daniel Sams 3-29) beat Sydney Thunder 140/5 in 20 overs (Jason Sangha, 54*, Callum Ferguson, 52; Harry Gurney 2-27) by 12 runs.

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