Johnson and the Scorchers tame Renegades

Whatever Brad Hodge thinks the Perth Scorchers are doing, it's working.

Having won the toss and sent the Renegades in, Perth's bowlers brought their trusty clamps out of the tool kit to keep what looked a deep batting line-up to a score of just 9-130 before enduring some late moments of nerves to secure a three-wicket win with six balls to spare at Etihad Stadium last night.

It was the Renegades' first loss of the summer, and kept the Scorchers unbeaten in two respects. Firstly, they moved to 3-0 for the season, no small feat given a lengthy list of unavailable players.

Secondly, it meant they still haven't lost to the Renegades, and on this showing it's hard to have much confidence that the Renegades will break the duck when the teams meet in Perth on January 8.

Unsurprisingly it was Mitchell Johnson (3-13 from four overs) who played a starring role in his side's victory. Still a force, even in semi-retirement, Johnson set the tone in the first over by finding an edge to remove Aaron Finch (0), continuing the Renegades captain's poor start to the season. Johnson was far from done though. Cameron White had entered this match in terrific form but only made three from eight balls before becoming the left-armer's second victim, caught at backward square leg.

Then there was Hodge. The veteran, who turned 43 on Friday, had drawn fury in Western Australia on match eve by querying the list management tactics which have yielded Perth three BBL titles in six seasons. However he had nothing to chirp about after being bowled by a searing Johnson yorker for three from 10 balls.

The other members of Perth's bowling arsenal did their jobs too. Andrew Tye took 3-37 from four overs, taking his BBL wicket tally this season to 12, while Jhye Richardson (1-23 from four) and David Willey (1-12 from two) chipped in as well.

Only Tom Cooper (34 from 24) and Marcus Harris (32 from 25) made it past 20 for the Renegades. Harris could consider himself unlucky after being the victim of a howler lbw call off the bowling of Ashton Agar.

Promoted to opener, all-rounder Willey made 31 from 21 balls, putting on 58 with Michael Klinger (37 from 37) to build a winning platform for the Scorchers, who got home despite the impressive work of Brad Hogg (2-16 from four) and Mohammad Nabi (1-16 from four). The match ended with a six from Ashton Turner following some tight death bowling from Dwayne Bravo and Kane Richardson.

The Renegades' next match comes against the Sydney Sixers in Geelong on Wednesday night.

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