Renegades cruise to victory over sloppy Heat

Sam Harper posted an unbeaten 56 as the Melbourne Renegades defeated Brisbane Heat in the BBL

The Melbourne Renegades have cruised to victory in a Brisbane BBL clash that featured a streaker, a nasty falcon and four dropped catches from the home side.

Chasing just 145 on a classic Gabba green top on Thursday, the visitors were helped by some sloppy fielding from the Heat as they won with 26 balls and eight wickets to spare.

Incumbent Test opener Marcus Harris was a notable benefactor as he struck 28 off 18 balls in his return to white ball cricket.

The left-hander skied a drive when still yet to score that went straight through Ben Cutting's hands into his face.

The impact split the allrounder open, but the ball then settled on Cutting's chest and he quickly threw it backwards as if to celebrate.

Harris was allowed to remain at the crease on review though, with Cutting deemed not to have had complete control of the ball and his body.

The Victorian then found his feet, driving former BBL teammate James Pattinson on the up over cover for six to set up the chase.

Three more dropped catches further deflated the 30,281-strong crowd, with Tom Cooper (36 from 28 balls) and Sam Harper (56 from 40) guiding them home as Cutting returned to the field sporting five stitches and a wry smile.

Brendon McCullum (50) had earlier piloted Brisbane with a steady half century off 46 balls, with an audacious scoop his only six of the night.

Chris Lynn (14 off 15) was caught on the boundary and only Cutting (20 off 10) looked comfortable as Cameron Boyce (2-17) and Usman Shinwari (3-16) combined for four troublesome overs.

So sluggish was the innings that a fan - sporting a mullet haircut and overalls - took it upon himself to spice things up, running towards the centre and doing the worm before being tackled and escorted from the ground.

The victory shot the Renegades (4-3) into third place on net run rate, while the Heat (2-4) remain in seventh.