Perth Scorchers maintained their unbeaten run in BBL 11 by defeating Melbourne Renegades by 21 runs on Wednesday (December 22) to win their fifth straight game and reclaim first place. The Scorchers scored 206/5 after electing to bat at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, thanks to Mitchell Marsh’s 86 off 53 and Laurie Evans’ 16-ball 42 not out. In the chase, Aaron Finch, who returned to the Renegades set-up, and Nic Maddinson both struck quick half-centuries, but the Scorchers held them to 185/5.

The Renegades, who were chasing a big total, got off to a bad start when Mackenzie Harvey was bowled for a duck by Jason Behrendorff in the first over. Maddinson and Finch, on the other hand, took the battle to the opponents, putting together a 130-run outburst that kept them in the game. Maddinson hit two fours and a six off the Australian left-arm pacer in the third over, after scoring fours off Behrendorff and Tymal Mills in the first two overs. Finch got off to a good start in his first game since Australia’s T20 World Cup victory, hitting two consecutive sixes off Mills in the fourth over. The boundaries came thick and fast as Maddinson smashed a 30-ball fifty shortly after being dismissed by Mills, and the Renegades earned the bonus point by reaching 94/1 in ten overs, seven more than the Scorchers.

When Maddinson edged a Marsh delivery to the keeper in the 14th over, the second wicket stand came to an end. Maddinson’s stay comprised eight fours and three sixes over the course of 41 deliveries. Finch’s outing came to an end when he tried to hit an Ashton Agar delivery over midwicket, ending his 43-ball stay in which he hit four fours and five sixes. Finch’s outing ended when he tried to hit an Ashton Agar delivery over midwicket, ending his 43-ball stay in which he hit four fours and five sixes. The Renegades were 144/4 after 16 overs, needing 63 more runs as Mohammad Nabi fell for a duck the next ball. Jake Fraser-McGurk hit some home runs, but the Renegades’ asking rate was too high, and they fell short in the end.