GMHBA Stadium in Geelong will play host to Melbourne Renegades in their Big Bash League match against Perth Scorchers as the two basement clubs seek a much-needed win.
Defending champions the Renegades (P6, L6) are now into desperation mode, as the search for a win continues. The Scorchers (P6, W2, L4) themselves need a win badly, after losing three of their last four and languishing in the bottom-half.
The Renegades have been falling flat in each of their matches this season, with incoherent performances. While Shaun Marsh (233 runs, SR 120.72) has been trying his best to play anchor, the others haven’t really supported him regularly. Another worry for the Renegades is that this will be the last game for Aaron Finch (191 runs, SR 133.56) and Kane Richardson (nine wickets, ER 6.47) before they leave for national duties.
With Harry Gurney injured, the Renegades have called up veteran England spinning all-rounder Samit Patel to shore up their stocks. How much that will improve their fortunes is anybody’s guess.
The Scorchers are four points better off than their hosts, but aren’t any closer to finding out their best form. Four batsmen aggregating 100+ is good news, but only one of them – Mitchell Marsh (193 runs, SR 139.85) – is anywhere close to being effective.
With the bowlers suffering continuously, the Scorchers have been unable to find any control. All but one of their main bowlers have conceded at least 8.38 runs per over and that remains the Scorchers’ biggest problem.
This will be a massive game for the Renegades, considering they can ill-afford going 0-7 in their quest to retain the title. Furthermore, Finch and Richardson leaving for national duties is bad news – especially if you consider that they have been two of their best performers. The Scorchers have been really good at hitting the maximums this season, but have struggled with the ball in exerting any control. This game between two struggling units might end up proving to be an entertaining high scorer – just like the last time they met at Perth this season when the Scorchers won by 11 runs.
History & Statistics
- The Scorchers have a 9-2 win-loss record against the Renegades.
- The Scorchers have hit 6.4 sixes per game this season, the highest of all sides.
- The Scorchers have hit the most 6s of the match in three of their last five.
- The Renegades have won two of the last three H2Hs.
- The Renegades have scored the highest powerplay score in four of their six matches this season.
The Renegades will be missing Finch after this game, but it will be Marsh who will take up the centrestage. Up against his old side led by his brother, Shaun could be looking to make a statement like the 50 he made in the reverse fixture.
Mitch Marsh was the man of the match against the Renegades earlier this season and he has been pivotal for the Scorchers. If they hope to get back to winning ways, he will be vital.