Cameron Boyce’s unbeaten 22-ball 51 backed up with Kane Richardson’s three wickets stood out in Melbourne Renegades’ 27-run victory over Sydney Thunder.
Opting to bat first, the home side slipped to 50/4 inside the first 10 overs. Skipper Aaron Finch couldn’t get his side out of trouble after departing for just 10 off Chris Jordan’s bowling in the sixth over.
It took a 50-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Boyce and Richardson to steer the innings at 140/7. Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Nabi chipped in with a useful 36 off 34.
Boyce’s innings comprised of five sixes and four boundaries as he occupied most of the crease during the match-winning partnership.
Renegades then carried the momentum to their bowling as well. Richardson provided the early breakthroughs, nipping out the wickets of openers Shane Watson and Jason Sangha.
Callum Ferguson and Baxter Holt got starts, but Daniel Christian and Harry Gurney restricted the opposition in the middle overs. In the end, Sydney Thunder were skittled for 113 in 19.1 overs.
Richardson was the pick of the bowlers for Renegades returning with figures of 3/27 in his four overs. Boyce contributed with the ball as well, grabbing 2/17 in 3.1 overs.