Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch’s poor form with the bat has continued as his last-placed Melbourne Renegades were restricted to 6-149 by Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.
After returning star Shaun Marsh was out for a golden duck in front of empty stands in Canberra, Finch fell for just 13 when he was trapped lbw by Jack Wildermuth.
The Renegades skipper sits second for all-time BBL runs scored behind Heat master blaster Chris Lynn, averaging 35.65 across 73 matches.
But it was the seventh time in nine innings this season Finch has failed to score more than 20 and his frustration was clear as he trudged away from the wicket.
The Heat’s decision to send their opponents in to bat paid dividends early as wickets fell at regular intervals through the first eight overs.
Marsh returned at the top of the order after missing the previous two matches for the birth of his third child, but he lasted just one ball and was trapped lbw by a swinging Xavier Bartlett delivery in the first over.
Bartlett (1-2) was replaced by veteran fast bowler Morne Morkel as the X-factor and the former South Africa took 1-29 from four overs.
Jake Fraser-McGurk (40) and Beau Webster (50 not out) helped steady the Renegades with a 58-run partnership through the middle overs.
But only five overs in the innings went for more than 10 runs, and none for more than 15.
The Heat lost Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to national duty this week but left-armer Matthew Kuhnemann (1-15) filled in superbly with four tight overs.
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