T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Renegades strengthen squad

11/9/2013 10:42 AM
Key Renegades Ben Rohrer and Peter Nevill will remain at Etihad Stadium until the end of BBL|04 after signing one-year contract extensions with the club.

The deal bolsters the Renegades’ batting and wicket-keeping stocks for the next two seasons and provides the finishing touches to a busy contracting period which saw the likes of Test pacemen Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, Australia A squad member Alex Doolan, Australia T20I/ODI leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, and the world’s leading Test wicket-taker, Muthiah Muralidaran, sign with the club.

Rohrer was a revelation last season, establishing himself as the most consistent batsman in the league.

Only once did he fail to pass 25 (scoring 18 off 10) from his eight innings, and he stood up to be counted when needed most, top-scoring in the side’s two losses of the season with 52 (33) against the Scorchers and 42 (22) in the semi-final against Brisbane.

Rohrer was awarded the number five position in the ACA All*Star BBL Team of the Season, as voted by his peers, after his tournament which yielded 295 runs at an average of 49.16 and a strike-rate of 152.06.

"I'm really excited to be able to extend my deal with the Renegades,” Rohrer said.

“It’s a great organisation to play for, with a hardcore group of fans and I'm thankful for the opportunity they gave me last season.

“I look forward working with all the staff over the next two years.”

With the Renegades’ spinners excelling during BBL|02, Nevill was an unsung hero of the tournament.

As most batsmen struggled with the variations of Renegades spin quartet Muralidaran, Ahmed, Aaron O’Brien and Marlon Samuels, Nevill showed his class behind the stumps, picking up five dismissals and conceding just 13 byes in nine matches.

Nevill also demonstrated his composure at the crease, averaging 26 with the bat in BBL|02.

"I’m very pleased to be furthering my commitment to the Melbourne Renegades,” Nevill said.

“The club has great people on and off the field, and it’s an enjoyable and successful environment under [captain] Aaron Finch and [coach] Simon Helmot.

“While it was an achievement to secure the minor premiership in BBL|02, it left the group with unfinished business that we’ll be looking to rectify in BBL|03."

Melbourne Renegades Chief Executive Stuart Coventry underlined the importance of Rohrer and Nevill to the club’s list.

“I’m delighted that Ben and Peter have extended their contracts with the Renegades for an additional season, and I’m sure our members will be too,” Coventry said.

“Ben was one of the most exciting and reliable batsmen of BBL|02 and Peter’s work behind the stumps was exceptional.

“Their commitment shores up our middle order for the next two seasons and allows us to concentrate on filling the remaining three places on our roster ahead of BBL|03.”

Meanwhile, ex-Brisbane Heat quick Matthew Gale has joined the Renegades on a one-year deal for the BBL|03 season. The Victorian-born and raised Gale returns home to bolster the Renegades' bowling stocks.

"It's great to have Matthew on board for BBL|03 and I'm sure he's happy to be returning to his home state," Coventry said.

"Matthew picked up some big hauls with the ball last domestic season, including 5-67 for Queensland against Victoria in their February Ryobi Cup fixture. We're confident he can do the job for the Renegades if called upon this summer and look forward to welcoming him to Etihad Stadium."

The Renegades now have two places remaining on their BBL|03 roster, including one spot for an international player. Deadline for squad finalisation is Friday 6 December.

The Renegades open their BBL|03 campaign on 20 December at the MCG against the Stars in the first of two Melbourne derbies.