Renegades too hot for the Heat
Aaron Finch hit 81 off 51 balls as the Melbourne Renegades climbed off the foot of the Big Bash League with a 57-run victory over Brisbane Heat at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Monday.
The Renegades had lost each of their opening two matches but blew the Heat's bowlers away as they posted an insurmountable total of 210-3 - the joint-highest of the tournament so far.
Brisbane never looked like threatening that mark and after being bowled out for 153, they are now joined by the Renegades on two points having lost their last two matches.
The hosts won the toss and opted to bat, but openers Finch and Alex Doolan made slow progress in the opening three overs, notching up just 13 runs.
Doolan on form
Doolan was sent packing in the fifth over after top-edging a slow Daniel Christian delivery to Ben Cutting, but his departure spurred the Renegades on, because Jos Buttler took to the crease and, after a nervous start, the Englishman soon joined Finch in racking up the runs.
Finch hit 17 off the ninth over, including back-to-back sixes, to move the Renegades on to 71-1 and reached his 50 three overs later with a single that put Buttler back on strike. The 23-year-old duly notched up 19 from the remaining five deliveries of the 12th over as the scoreboard moved on to 110-1.
The duo's hot streak ended in the 16th over, when Buttler, on 61, was dismissed by a spectacular one-handed catch from Peter Forrest off the bowling of Daniel Vettori.
Finch finally fell for 81, but Tom Cooper (15) and Ben Rohrer (36) helped the Renegades past 200 and to a total that the Heat failed to get even close to.
Heat snuffed out
Openers Luke Pomersbach and England's Craig Kieswetter took until the third over to find the boundary, but then Kieswetter was caught out by a swinging James Pattinson delivery and scooped straight to Cooper's grateful hands.
Joe Burns joined Pomersbach at the crease, but the duo could only tick along at six and seven per over, well short of the required run rate, which had crept up above 14 by the time Pomersbach was bowled by Aaron O'Brien for 21 in the ninth over.
Desperation followed and Burns (36) and Christian (10) fell to successive balls from Nathan Rimmington in the 13th over, before Muttiah Muralitharan took out Chris Lynn for two and Rimmington returned to account for Peter Forrest for one.
By now the game was up, although the Heat did show fight through Cutting, who clubbed 40 off 19 balls before becoming Pattinson's second victim.