14/04/2024

Aaron Finch got back into some form with the bat tonight, but it wasn't enough in the Renegades thumping loss in the Melbourne derby. (Photo: Melbourne Renegades/Twitter)

It was another rough night for the Melbourne Renegades all round, continuing their poor BBL|11 and their horrific run of form with the bat.

It was a rough night for the red side of Melbourne all round, who continued their poor BBL|11 and their horrific run of form with the bat.

The Renegades’ batting has been by far their biggest problem not just this season, but since their bottom-placed finish last season. And tonight it continued in their thumping six wicket loss to the Stars.

Electing to bat first under the roof at Marvel Stadium, they lost 3/25 inside six overs, and were 2/11 in the second over courtesy of Haris Rauf.

Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch and young star Jake Fraser-McGurk helped them rebuild, with Finch scoring 45 batting at five and Fraser-McGurk scoring 32 opening the batting.

However they couldn’t hit any big ball as the staggered their way to 4/122, with the Stars managing to chase down that total with 33 balls remaining.

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    This is their fourth consecutive score of under 130 batting first, and their third consecutive poor batting innings since their last win. Tonight’s score, plus 105 and 80 against the Sydney sides, have seen their net run rate slide down to -1.72 alongside their position on the table.

    Despite some big innings at the start of the season, they’ve only averaged 129 runs per innings in their 11 games. That is only a slight increase from their average score of 128 in BBL|10, but clearly not a big enough leap.

    At the start of the summer the Renegades were looking red hot with the bat (despite the losses), averaging 145 without the experience and talent of Nic Maddinson and Shaun Marsh.

    Since they scored 151 vs the Scorchers at Marvel, they’ve only averaged 114 runs in six matches. This is despite having those experienced campaigners like Maddinson, Marsh and Aaron Finch back in the batting lineup.

    In the last three games, they have only combined for 129 runs at a combined average of 43. Captain Maddinson has been the worst of the lot, averaging only 3.3 in the Renegades’ three consecutive losses.

    Their batting has been a disease that’s infected them for the last two years, and yet they still haven’t done anything with it. The question is now, will the Renegades make some changes with the bat in the last few games of BBL|11?

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