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Cricket news - Renshaw brilliance takes Brisbane Heat to fifth spot

Matt Renshaw stroked an unbeaten 70

Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat, Adelaide

A superlative batting effort from Matt Renshaw kept Brisbane Heat's slim chances of reaching the semifinal alive as Chris Lynn & Co. moved up to fifth at the expense of the Adelaide Strikers, beating them by six wickets in a fine run-chase. With this win, Heat have 11 points - just one short of fourth-placed Melbourne Stars. However, even one win for Stars in the remaining three fixtures will knock Heat out of the reckoning as the latter has just one more fixture to go.

There wasn't a standout batting performer for the Strikers after they were asked to set a target. The likes of Alex Carey, Colin Ingram and Jonathan Wells got starts but it was still insignificant as Strikers slumped to 95 for 5 in 14 overs. As many as 81 runs came off the last six overs as Harry Nielsen, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan and Cameron Valente swung their bats around with a lot of success.

Early into the post-intermission period, Heat were staring down the barrel when Renshaw arrived. Peter Siddle and Valente ran through the top-order by just the third over, and there was further doom in store, considering one of the season's most successful - and perhaps one of the toughest bowlers to face in the T20 format - Rashid Khan, was yet to be handed the ball.

The only sliver of hope for Heat was the fact that Brendon McCullum - who has four fifties this season - was still around. He though had to essay the role of a slightly marginalised co-conspirator as Renshaw took matters into his own hands. Renshaw more than doubled his tally of runs for the season with this game alone, smashing an unbeaten 90 off just 50 deliveries, en route to steering his team to victory.

The pair made their plans clear with a 20-run sixth over off Michael Neser and managed to keep Strikers on their toes even after the field restrictions were relaxed. At the halfway stage, they had 91 with Renshaw scoring 51 of those from just 26 deliveries.

By the 13th over, they had 100 runs to their combined tally, and it appeared the writing was on the wall for Strikers. Rashid broke the stand, but Renshaw carried on till the end. In the 19th over, Alex Ross, who walked out to bat after McCullum's dismissal, took the chance to hit the money shot - a massive six over long on - to seal the win.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers 176/8 in 20 overs (Jonathan Wells 30, Colin Ingram 28; Josh Lalor 3-25, Jack Prestwidge 2-38) lost to Brisbane Heat 180/4 in 18.4 overs (Matt Renshaw 90*, Brendon McCullum 51) by 6 wickets

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