Perth Scorchers crush Renegades by 96 runs

Justin Chadwick
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Melbourne Renegades coach Michael Klinger has criticised his team's lack of accountability with the bat after their season of doom and gloom continued with a 96-run BBL loss to the Perth Scorchers.

Set 186 for victory at Optus Stadium in front of 25,101 fans on Sunday, the Renegades crumbled to 6-46 before being bowled out for 89 in 12.5 overs.

The Renegades at least picked up the bonus point after posting 8-71 after 10 overs in comparison to the Scorchers' 2-63.

But six losses on the trot have left the Renegades (1-6) nailed to the bottom of the table and in danger of collecting the wooden spoon for the second straight season.

Sunday's loss was the sixth largest defeat by runs in BBL history.

It means that in this season alone, the Renegades have posted the largest, second largest, and sixth largest defeats in BBL history.

The Renegades' plight was summed up in the second over of their run chase on Sunday when Shaun Marsh struck a glorious straight drive - only for bowler Jason Behrendorff to get a fingertip on it to run out Aaron Finch at the non-striker's end.

And when Jason Roy took a spectacular diving catch at point to dismiss Marsh for 14, the Renegades were 4-34 and on track for another batting implosion.

Klinger felt his team lost their head from that point on, labelling their accountability with the bat as "really poor".

"I thought some guys played some high-risk cricket when it wasn't needed and they didn't bat with that accountability that we needed," Klinger said.

"When we have been chasing large scores, we haven't given ourselves enough time with the bat.

"Our top batters, guys like (Shaun) Marsh, (Aaron) Finch, and (Sam) Harper, when we've been batting first we've been setting a decent platform. Chasing big scores has been an issue for us."

Adding to the Renegades' woes is the loss of Shaun Marsh and Rilee Rossouw for the next few matches.

Marsh will stay in Perth to be present for the birth of his third child, while Rossouw injured his hamstring while fielding.

Scorchers coach Adam Voges was under pressure himself earlier in the week, but wins over the Strikers and Renegades have lifted Perth back to within touching distance of fifth spot.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat on Sunday, the Scorchers posted a formidable 3-185 courtesy of sizzling knocks from Josh Inglis (72 not out off 41 balls) and Colin Munro (52 off 31).

The Scorchers were crawling along at 2-65 in the 11th over when Inglis received a massive reprieve when on 10 after skying a shot to third man.

Peter Hatzoglou took the catch but stepped on the rope with his heel.

Inglis and Munro went on a rampage from that point, with the duo combining for eight fours and seven sixes to dramatically lift the run-rate.