BBL: Renshaw’s boundary seals last-ball thriller to keep Heat season alive

BBL12, Brisbane Heat defeated Melbourne Stars 159 for 7 (Larkin 58, Neser 4-25) by three wickets. Brisbane Heat earned a critical three-wicket victory against Melbourne Stars because of Matt Renshaw’s superb boundary off the penultimate ball. The visitors faltered and surged many times before achieving their objective in a frantic finish at the MCG on Monday night, chasing 160 for victory.

Renshaw put a show with the Bat, BBL12

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Renshaw was the match-winner, striking an undefeated 90 off 56 balls. With nine runs needed off the last over, the Heat were aided by the Stars being confined to four men outside the circle due to a sluggish over rate. Beau Webster added to their case by starting the 20th over with a wide. But the Heat still needed four runs off the last ball, and Renshaw came through, collecting Webster’s penultimate delivery over the infield to the rope.

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Renshaw had a lifeline on 47 when Clint Hinchliffe misread the flight of the ball in the deep. The Stars also failed to get Renshaw out on 63 when Adam Zampa couldn’t receive Nathan Coulter-throw Nile’s with the batter far short of his ground due to a miscommunication with Jimmy Peirson. Renshaw and Peirson’s 83-run partnership (22 from 18) was crucial before the former led his team home with the tailenders.

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Renshaw hit six fours and four sixes in his innings. Earlier, Nick Larkin led the Stars in scoring with 58 from 36 deliveries. Michael Neser was superb for the Heat during the powerplay and power surge, going 3-11 in three overs despite fielding limits. However, Larkin scored 14 runs off the first four deliveries of Neser’s fourth over.

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The last of the innings – before the Test fast avenged himself by removing the Stars hitter. The Stars were helped by Webster (36 off 34) and Tom Rogers (26 off 23), as well as James Seymour (13 off 6), whose short inning contained two sixes.

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Neser claimed Webster and Coulter-Nile in successive deliveries during the 16th over, although he fell short of his second hat-trick of the season. Marcus Stoinis, the Stars’ star allrounder, was missing for the fourth week in a row due to a hamstring injury. He was selected to the extended squad but did not make the final roster after pulling up sore during a fitness test.

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