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Curran, Manenti hand Renegades first loss of season
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Curran, Manenti hand Renegades first loss of season

Ball-by-ball details & scorecard: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers - Match 12 - Melbourne

The Sydney Sixers sent Melbourne Renegades into a spin, inflicting their first loss of the Big Bash League season in a low-scoring affair by 33 runs at Melbourne.

The home side looked like they would continue their unbeaten streak to join Hobart Hurricanes at the top of the BBL points table after the Sixers posted a seemingly paltry 7-132 after being sent in.

Their top order again failed to fire, making just 25 runs in the batting power play while losing three wickets to pile the pressure on to their middle order.

But the Renegades, who made the semi-finals last season, failed to handle the Sixers' spin brigade led by debutant off-spinner Ben Manenti and only managed 9-99 in reply.

The 21-year-old finished with figures of 2-13 from his four overs after only finding out just an hour before the match he was going to be playing.

Manenti took the wicket of another debutant, teenager Mackenzie Harvey, who also has family sports ties.

The nephew of former Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey, Mackenzie Harvey top scored with 30 from 25 deliveries, including a six and four fours.

As well as Manenti, fellow spinner Steve O'Keefe also troubled the Renegades with figures of 2-19.

Their pace attack also deserved some credit with Tom Curran taking three wickets while Sean Abbott collected two scalps.

The Renegades made a reasonable start when 2-38 from six overs but their innings crumbled when they lost three wickets for two runs in the space of nine balls with O'Keefe and Manenti doing the damage.

For the Sixers Jordan Silk top scored with 30 from 33 balls before being caught and bowled by Kane Richardson, who took 3-22 from four overs to lead the Renegades attack.