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Queenslander delivers another knockout blow for Shane Bond's Thunder in BBL



Those bloody Queenslanders delivered a second knockout blow to the Sydney Thunder's Big Bash finals hopes at the Marvel Stadium on Wednesday night.

After the lights went down at the Gabba and they were forced to share the competition points with the Brisbane Heat a few weeks ago, the Shane Bond-coached Thunder were left stunned by the proud Maroon Cameron Boyce and his fireworks.

Boyce raised his Big Bash 50 off just 22 balls, including 32 off his final eight balls.

The late, late burst inspired the Melbourne Renegades to a 27-run victory.

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The loss means the Thunder needs to beat cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers at a packed Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night, beat the competition hotpots Hobart and then rely on other results to go their way.

When the lights went down at the Gabba, the Thunder was gutted and they had to settle for one point, especially since they were in such a commanding position against the Brisbane Heat.

The last thing they needed was being forced to watch another player raised north of the Tweed orchestrating a second summer heartbreak.

Melbourne Renegades batsman Cameron Boyce took only 22 balls to reach 50 against the Thunder.

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Melbourne Renegades batsman Cameron Boyce took only 22 balls to reach 50 against the Thunder.

Boyce accelerated from 19 runs off 14 balls to finish with his 50 off 22 deliveries.

He smashed Gurinder Sandhu for two six and four in the penultimate over, then smashed another two sixs and a boundary off Chris Jordan's horror last over.

Jordan gave up 22 runs, and would have charged in for each delivery knowing he dropped Boyce when he was on just five.

The Renegades would have been happy to post 120, but Boyce had other ideas.

His final 32 came off just eight balls.

"Coming in at No 8 there was not much pressure, so fortunately tonight it came off, but it does not always work that way," Boyce said.

"I did not [raise the bat at 50] because I did not know I was 50, and I try to have a strict routine before I bowl so I wanted to get off and then come back on to bowl.

"Any time someone comes off like that it's a big part of the game. We still had to bowl well. And that's been the cornerstone of our team, our bowling."

The Thunder needed 141 for victory but were rolled for 113.

Their chase was as good as over when last-game hero Callum Ferguson departed for 28 runs off 30 balls with the visitors still needing 73 runs off 49 balls.

The ultimate insult came when Jono Wells was flattened by Sandhu when the pair collided running between wickets, but only after they were interfered with by Renegades quick Harry Gurney. As a dazed Wells sat beside the pitch in pain, the Renegades stood around and then proceeded with the run-out.

Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond now needs a miracle for his side to qualify for the Big Bash finals.

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Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond now needs a miracle for his side to qualify for the Big Bash finals.

The Thunder camp later thought it was "unnecessary", especially with the result already over.

The one positive for the Thunder was the debut of 19-year-old Baxter Holt. The young wicketkeeper was given his shot after fellow rookie Matt Gilkes broke down with injury in the lead-up to the Melbourne trip, and made the most of his time on the big stage.

He took two catches and a stumping, but it was his confidence with the bat that impressed most.

Holt, the man being groomed to succeed Peter Nevill as NSW's chief gloveman, attempted a reverse sweep off the first ball he faced.

He tasted Chris Tremain for a couple of six who were reluctantly given the nod of approval by the quick. Holt deserved to hold his head high as he exited for 37 off 28 balls.

"It's one of my go-to shots [the reverse sweep], I hit it nine times out of ten, so I back myself to play it but it was one of those times I missed out on it, "Holt said.

The Thunder could not have asked for a better start when Jono Cook shrugged off a first-ball six to remove teenage opener Mackenzie Harvey (8 off 9) courtesy of a brilliant diving catch by Jordan at long-on.

Jordan then had his own scalp two overs later when a 107km / h slower ball dribbled into the stumps of Sam Harper (10 off 9).

By the time Jordan dismissed danger man Aaron Finch (10 off 10), the home side was in serious strife at 31-3.

Finch got a bottom edge that carried through to the gloves of Big Bash debutant Holt.

The Renegades crawled to triple figures late in the innings before Boyce flipped the script.


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