James Seymour made a strong first impression in his Big Bash League debut for the Melbourne Renegades.
Batting at number four, Seymour made 23 off 14 balls as the Reneagdes defeated the Adelaide Strikers by two runs in a thriller at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday night.
The former Bendigo Cricket Club player strode to the crease in the 14th over with the Renegdeas 2-92.
He showed he was ready for the big occasion by smashing the first ball he faced for six over mid-wicket from the bowling of former Australian Test bowler Peter Siddle.
He later hit Strikers' english import George Garton down the ground over mid-on for four before launching Siddle for another six - a hook shot over fine leg.
Seymour, 29, eventually fell to Strikers' paceman Dan Worrall when a thick outside edge flew to Ryan Gibson at short third man.
With Aaron Finch (injury), Shaun Marsh (injury) and Nic Maddinson (Australia A squad) to return to the Renegades line-up, Seymour needed to make the most of his opportunities early in the season and his first-up performance helped his cause.
Seymour will get another opportunity to impress when the Renagades play the Strikers again on Thursday night.
The Reneagdes suffered a late collapse with the bat and posted 9-153 before producing a fine bowling effort to restrict the Strikers to 8-151.
Seymour only signed with the Renegades late last week as an injury replacement for Marsh.
He earned the contract with the Renegades on the back of some impressive innings in practice matches for the Melbourne Stars Academy team and his maide first-class century for Victoria against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.
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