BBL10: Renegades come up short in chase to become first team to benefit from ‘bash boost’

It was the BBL 10 rule change which occupied the least centimetres in newspapers or airtime on TV and radio but the “bash boost” bonus point has left the biggest mark on the competition after its first weekend.

This year’s competition saw changes to the rules to allow an “X-factor” substitute before the 10-over mark (a much spoken about but still unused tactic) and a floating “power surge” two-over powerplay with the field in.

The bash boost is earned by whichever team has the higher score at the 10-over mark in their innings. If the scores are tied at the 10-over mark the sides will each get 0.5 points. The side that wins gets three points.

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Rilee Rossouw didn’t trouble the scorers in Hobart.Source:Getty Images

Twice this weekend the rule influenced the result. On Saturday, Perth bowled out strike bowler Jason Behrendorff in the first 10 overs trying to restrict the Renegades, while on Sunday the ‘Gades threw the kitchen sink at the potential consolation prize.

On paper the Melbourne Renegades had a record loss to the Sydney Sixers, going down by 145 runs.

But after the fall of three wickets in the power play, the Renegades felt they had no other option than to chase 75 from 10 overs rather than the Sixers’ whopper target of 205.

The risk did not pay off, and smashed the red side’s net run rate in the process.

Post-match, coach Michael Klinger had no regrets with the tactic, just the execution.

“You’re not going to win many games when you’re losing three or four wickets early,” he said.

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“In the position we were in, if we were one down or two down that wouldn’t have bothered us much because with our batting lineup we could have taken the game deep.

“But from where we were in terms of the run rate and wickets down it was an obvious choice.

“The tactics were fine, the execution was off.”

The coach said the rule change could see a few more collapses.

“I don’t know if it’s a great spectacle but at the same time it gives good content for the broadcasters and the commentators to talk about when the game is out of someone’s hands – is the team going to go for that bonus point or not?” he said.

The rule certainly helped wrap up a game that was beyond the Renegades’ reach, ending the contest almost nine overs early as an effective mercy rule.

Shaun Marsh is knocked over and the Renegades are in big trouble.Source:Getty Images

“You’ll see those tactics throughout the tournament,” Klinger said.

“We may do it again at some stage, but hopefully we execute it a bit better next time.”

Sydney’s Josh Philippe had no problems with his opponent’s approach.

“When you’re three or four down it does give an opportunity to get a point,” he said.

“It’s an interesting initiative. When you are a few wickets down it probably becomes more important to try and go for it.”

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