Scorchers indebted to returning Hogg in WACA swansong
Brad Hogg paid a hefty price for a dropped catch on his WACA swansong as Ashton Turner blasted Perth Scorchers to a thrilling five-wicket Big Bash League victory over Melbourne Renegades.
Twenty-four years after making his Western Australia debut, Hogg returned for one final appearance at the ground which he said made his dream comes true in front of a record crowd of 22,475 on Monday.
Hogg might be in for the odd sleepless night after spilling a chance to remove Turner for 16, the Scorchers batsman going on to punish the veteran spinner with a brutal 70 from only 32 balls as the defending champions returned to the top of the table.
David Willey took advantage of a missed stumping chance when he was foxed by former Scorcher Hogg by making 55 from just 41 balls in his last appearance before reporting for England duty, ensuring the Renegades' total of 185-3 was not quite enough.
Cameron White's unbeaten 68 and 57 from Tom Cooper proved to be in vain, the Renegades missing the chance to take over at the summit when Ashton Agar hit the winning run with a ball to spare.
WHITE PURPLE PATCH CONTINUES, RELIEF FOR INGLIS
White maintained his outstanding BBL form, smashing three sixes and another four boundaries in a swashbuckling 55-ball knock.
The clean-striking 34-year-old now has two half-centuries, as well as unbeaten 49 and 35.
White put on 98 for the third wicket with Cooper, who bludgeoned four sixes at the Furnace after wicketkeeper Josh Inglis dropped him on one, failing to get a glove on a simple chance when the number four top-edged a Willey delivery.
HOGGING THE LIMELIGHT
Hogg might have been in for some abuse from the crowd that used to worship him if he made a match-winning contribution for the Renegades.
Yet they were up on their feet to acclaim the wily tweaker after he ran it to try and pouch a chance to see the back of the dangerous Turner, but failed to hold on.
Hogg claimed the wicket of Hilton Cartwright, but finished with figures of 1-38 after Turner ended his spell with back-to-back sixes, the second with a free hit as the previous delivery was above waist height.
AGAR GETS THE JOB DONE
The Scorchers needed only 19 from the last three overs thanks to heroics from Turner and Willey, but they made hard work of getting over the line.
Turner and Adam Voges were run out in the 18th over and they needed three to win off the last over, Agar going through for a single from the penultimate ball after Mohammad Nabi had applied the pressure.