Melbourne Renegades Cricket Team Guide
The Melbourne Renegades hail from Melbourne on the south coast of Australia. They are one of the franchise teams that participates in the Big Bash League and one of two teams from the state of Victoria.
Melbourne Renegades Cricket Team Background
In 2011, the Big Bash League was founded, with the Melbourne Renegades being one of the founding members of the competition. The side are known for their red and black jerseys as well as their rather strange mascot which is a faceless cricketer from the future which sports industrial cricketing gear.
Where Do The Melbourne Renegades Play?
The 47,000 capacity Docklands Stadium is the home ground of the Melbourne Renegades, with this being a multi purpose stadium that hosts other sports such as football and rugby. It has even hosted a number of One Day Internationals (ODI) for the Australia cricket team, with the first one being against the South Africa national cricket team back in 2000.
Melbourne Renegades Players
A number of notable Australians who have played for the Melbourne Renegades include Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson and Aaron Finch, with the latter two players setting records for being the top wicket takers and top run scorers for the team respectively.
There have also been some standout overseas players who have taken to the field for the Melbourne Renegades too, with Tom Cooper of the Netherlands cricket team, Mohammad Nabi of the Afghanistan national cricket team and West Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo being amongst the biggest names.
Memorable Games For The Melbourne Renegades Cricket Team
The 2018-19 edition of the Big Bash League was an especially memorable one for the Melbourne Renegades, with this being the year they recorded their first title. At the end of the regular season, the team sat second in the points table just behind the Hobart Hurricanes after winning 8 of their 14 games.
Progressing to the semi finals, Melbourne Renegades would face off against the Sydney Sixers at their home ground, with the away team batting first. Despite Cameron Boyce taking 2 wickets for the Victoria side, the Sydney Sixers only conceded 3 wickets in total, finishing their 20 overs with a score of 180/3. Despite conceding an extra 4 wickets, the Melbourne side managed to chase down the target impressively, partially thanks to Aaron Finch’s 44 runs to finish on 184/7.
The final would also take place at the Renegades home ground, however, the home advantage was just about even due to them playing city rivals Melbourne Stars. The latter side chose to field first after winning the toss, with Adam Zamba taking 2 wickets for the side. However, Dutch batter Tom Cooper ended with 43 runs not out, with the Melbourne Renegades putting up a respectable 145/5. As the Melbourne Stars took to the crease though, the wickets began to accumulate, condensing 7 from their 20 overs in total. Due to this impressive defence from the Renegades bowlers, the side won by 13 runs, claiming their first ever Big Bash league title.
Rivals Of The Melbourne Renegades Cricket Team
Although the Melbourne Stars are their biggest rivals, unsurprising considering they are based in the same city, the Melbourne Renegades also have a rivalry with their southern neighbours Hobart Hurricanes located on the island of Tasmania.