It was a one-sided affair that saw the Adelaide Strikers heading for a 60-point victory over the last-seeded Melbourne Renegades tonight., but that did not prevent tensions from boiling over at Adelaide Oval.
When Renegades forward Kane Richardson was caught by Matthew Renshaw for a 17.1 overs deep cover in the ill-fated Melbourne chase at Peter Siddle’s bowling alley, he was subjected to an aggressive kickoff from a host of Strikers players.
Richardson fired back, looked behind, and engaged in a fiery war of words as he trudged back to the lodge.
The Australia international even turned and walked towards the Strikers group as the verbal exchange grew in intensity, before continuing on.
Earlier in the game, Richardson roasted Strikers batsman Phil Salt after finding himself in Beau Webster in the middle of his bowling alley, triggering a barrage of words as Salt left the middle.
Michael Hussey, Fox Cricket commentator and former Australian batsman, said after the game that he believed the drama had ruined the game.
“I don’t think so (it’s a good preview of the game),” Hussey said.
“But they’re professional sportsmen, their emotions get high and sometimes you get hot under the collar. I think it’s been a little while since the Strikers were hitting in the first innings, and you’ve got a long memory as a player and sometimes you want to give a little back
“But it’s not a good preview of the game because there are so many kids at the game and they learn by watching their heroes play and we don’t want to see that from the juniors.”
The very tense emotion was undoubtedly fueled by the wretched Big Bash League campaign of the Renegades.
The team coached by Michael Klinger have lost seven games and won only one in BBL10.
Prior to tonight’s 60 points at the hands of the Strikers, the Renegades had lost by 145 points to the Sydney Sixers, 129 points to the Sydney Thunder and 96 points to the Perth Scorchers.
The 145-point loss is the heaviest loss in BBL history.
The Renegades’ only win of the summer was again their seven-wicket victory over the Scorchers in their opener of the season.
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