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Thunder fall short in Melbourne

30 January 2019

Holt shines on debut but Renegades prevail

Sydney Thunder has lost to the Melbourne Renegades by 27 runs at Marvel Stadium.

Thunder made a great start with the ball, restricting to the Renegades to just 3-38 after the power play.

Debutant Baxter Holt showed no signs of nerves behind the stumps. The 19-year old took two clean catches to dismiss Aaron Finch (10) and Dan Christian (4), and made a nice stumping to dismiss Beau Webster (2).

Disciplined bowling through the middle of the innings saw the Renegades drop to 7-90 after 15.3 however Renegades allrounder Cameron Boyce made a blistering 51* from 22 to power his side to a competitive total of 7-140.

Chasing 141 to win, Jason Sangha was promoted up the order to open with Shane Watson. Watson (4) was dismissed in the first over, followed soon by Sangha (2). A fifth wicket partnership between Callum Ferguson (28) and Holt (37) was promising but after the wicket of Holt in the sixteenth over, the in-form Renegades attack took less than four overs to bowl Thunder out for 113. 


Thunder made two changes to the side that beat the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium last week. Baxter Holt made his debut, coming into the side for injured keeper Matthew Gilkes, and Jono Cook replaced Nathan McAndrew.

The Renegades made one change to the side that beat the Scorchers on Monday night with Beau Webster coming back into the side for Cameron White.

Melbourne Renegades: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Harry Gurney, Sam Harper (wk), Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster.

Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jono Cook, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Baxter Holt (wk), Chris Jordan, Daniel Sams, Gurdiner Sandhu, Jason Sangha.


The Renegades piled on 39 runs from the final two overs to post a competitive total of 7-140 and swing the momentum firmly in their favour heading into the second half of the match. 


Thunder required 28 runs to win with bowling duo Gurinder Sandhu and Fawad Ahmed in the middle. Player-of-the-match Cameron Boyce had the ball for the Renegades.

Ahmed swung hard at the first delivery but it went straight through him and into the gloves of keeper Sam Harper who swiftly effected the stumping to win the match for the Renegades.


19-year old Baxter Holt was sharp behind the stumps and outstanding with the bat on debut, scoring 37 from 28 deliveries including three sixes. 


Thunder face cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Saturday night before returning to Manuka Oval to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday 9 February.

With less than 1,000 tickets remaining, supporters are encouraged to secure their seat at Manuka Oval in advance.