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BBL: Brisbane Heat at Melbourne Renegades, Heat maintains final hopes

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The Brisbane Heat kept their final hopes alive with a 26-point victory over the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium.

The Heat on Saturday won the four points offered to temporarily move up to fourth place in the BBL standings.

With skipper Chris Lynn making 52 out of 30 deliveries and Australian test star Marnus Labuschagne adding 49 out of 31, the Heat set the Renegades a target of 174 up for grabs.

The Renegades chase couldn’t have started off badly with out of form skipper Aaron Finch only going on two balls before heading to a delivery from Mark Steketee. The Melbourne captain’s batting average is now 14.42 for the BBL 10 season, well below last season’s 45.38 average.

Despite Finch’s early sacking, Sam Harper, who finished 57 of 32, kept the Renegades chase afloat.

The Renegades found themselves in control of the game as they were 2/91 after eleven overs before things took a turn for the worse when Harper, Jake Fraser-McGurk (7), Beau Webster (1) and Mackenzie Harvey (5) ) are all gone. . The Renegades were then 6/106 with 4.5 overruns remaining after the four layoffs in the space of 15 points.

Australian cricketer Shane Warne roasted the Renegades, calling the team “stupid” and “reckless” for blowing up a winning position.

“The Renegades were 1/56 after seven overs,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.

“They were on a cruise. Then suddenly they were 2/91 out of eleven overs and absolutely cruising.

“Then they lost 4 for 15 on three overs. What are you doing?

“There is no kind of game awareness, calm or feeling for the game.

“You have to be admired for being aggressive and brave, but not stupid and reckless cricket.”

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