Nowhere to hide for Hogg after drop shocker
BRAD Hogg has denied his constant crowd interactions were a distraction but conceded dropping Ashton Turner cost Melbourne Renegades their first ever win against Perth Scorchers.
Hogg, who turns 47 next month, was signing autographs in the deep and threw a fan's hat on the ground as he ran towards Turner's mis-hit, only to put down a simple catch.
Turner was on 16 runs and converted the lifeline into the Scorchers' fastest ever half-century as he posted a matchwinning 70 (32) in a victory which was secured on the second-last ball.
Hogg's final delivery at the WACA Ground cost 13 runs as Turner slugged a waist-high no-ball for six and then also dispatched the free hit into the crowd.
"No, no, no, no," Hogg said when asked whether signing autographs contributed to him dropping Turner.
"I've been doing that all my career. I'm not going to blame that. I've done that all my life.
"I dropped a catch that cost us the game and you're going to have days like that.
"I closed my ears (to captain Aaron Finch). I had nowhere to hide, so I had to turn around and smile and carry on.
"I was feeling more for Wildermuth. He did the hard yards and then the six he got hit for (two balls later), that's when it really hurts."
After dropping Turner, Hogg bowed and saluted the cheering crowd in what quickly became a nightmare farewell to the venue he called home for five Big Bash seasons.
The Scorchers faithful erupted into a final 'Hoggy' chant as Turner crunched Hogg for consecutive sixes to end his spell.
Jack Wildermuth was bowling when Hogg dropped Turner and two balls later Turner slugged the youngster for six runs as momentum swung Perth's way.
The five-wicket loss slumped the Renegades to 4-2 and they now lose captain Aaron Finch to Australia's ODI line-up.
Both the Gades' defeats have come against the Scorchers and they are now 0-8 against the triple-champion.
Turner joked he was "halfway back to the dressing room" when Hogg spilt the catch.
"I didn't even watch. If I'd seen it was Hoggy I would've run a bit harder, I might've got three or four," Turner said.
Hogg backed former teammate Turner as a future captain of Australia.
Crafty hitting in the final five overs by Renegades batsmen Cameron White (unbeaten on 68 off 55) and Tom Cooper (57 off 34) helped the visitors to 3-185.
Import Mohammad Nabi then removed Michael Klinger for the first golden duck of his BBL career as the Renegades seemed certain to break their hoodoo against Perth.
But coach Justin Langer's Scorchers again stayed in the contest to ground out a win in an epic contest.
Perth rose to top of the ladder at 5-1 and is now on track to secure a home semi-final, which would be played at the new Perth Stadium in front of 55,000 fans.
Hogg said he would be out for redemption if they meet again.
"Watch out - I'll be going after (Turner)," Hogg said.
"I'm hurting for Finchy more than anything, because he's given his life to the Renegades and I know what it feels like when you give your heart to a club and you still haven't got the chocolates.
"Hopefully we can turn it around (in the finals) and do the right thing for him."
Hogg said they might replace the destructive opener with a bowler given the club's extraordinary batting depth.
Finch's departure for Friday night's derby against Melbourne Stars will be the first change to the Renegades' XI.
Spinner Jon Holland and paceman Chris Tremain are yet to feature this summer.