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Melbourne Renegades power home to beat Brisbane Heat by seven wickets in Big Bash League opener

ABC Grandstand logoABC Grandstand 19/12/2015

Xavier Doherty of the Renegades celebrates taking the wicket of Lendl Simmons of the Heat during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Renegades. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Xavier Doherty of the Renegades celebrates taking the wicket of Lendl Simmons of the Heat during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Renegades. The Melbourne Renegades have won their first Big Bash League game, downing the Brisbane Heat by seven wickets at the Gabba.

Set 181 to win, the Renegades looked set to reach the target with opener Aaron Finch (65 runs off 45 deliveries) and Cameron White (55 off 41) firing on all cylinders in the 17th over.

But Andrew Fekete sent both batsmen back to the sheds in consecutive deliveries, bringing Matthew Wade (11 not out off 6) and Dwayne Bravo (22 not out off 9) to the crease.

Bravo delivered a successive booming sixes two overs later to put the visitors back in front of the game and Wade delivered the final telling blows, a pair of fours off James Hopes in the final over to get them over the line.

Earlier, skipper Chris Lynn (35 off 20) laid a solid platform for the Heat before all-rounders Ben Cutting (30 not out off 14) and James Hopes (24 not out off 12) guided the hosts to 5 for 180 from their 20 overs.

Joe Burns did not help his Test spot's cause on Saturday night when he was caught slogging spinner Xavier Doherty (2 for 29) for a run-a-ball 16, featuring just one four.

The Heat have just one more BBL game - in Hobart on Tuesday night - scheduled before the Boxing Day Test.

Doherty was on a hat-trick when he had Burns caught hitting out in the 10th over, reducing the Heat to 3 for 63.

Ex-Test cricketer White may find it tough to make the Victorian Sheffield Shield side these days.

But he staked an early claim for next year's T20 World Cup squad with his 41-ball effort that featured four fours and a six.

"He's got something to prove, he still wants to play for Australia," Renegades coach David Saker said of White who has plied his trade in the Futures League this summer for Victoria.

National T20 captain Finch was just as impressive in his man of the match knock peppered by six fours and three sixes.

He became the first man to reach 1,000 BBL runs during his stirring knock.

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