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Cadbury Match Moments - BBL Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades

07 January 2019

Cadbury will be bringing Match Moments to life this season, celebrating the moments during and after each game - including match reports, milestones and player interviews...

Finch Shines In Renegades' Upset BBL Win

Australian Test discard Aaron Finch has relished his change of scenery and week-long break from cricket, leading the Melbourne Renegades to a narrow upset BBL win over the ladder-leading Hobart Hurricanes with 4-150 over the visitors' 5-145.

Their six-wicket win with four balls left on Monday night at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium, is the Hurricanes' first loss this season in their second away game - breaking a five-match winning streak.

It was almost a 'must-win' match for the Renegades to stay in reach of the current Top Four, and they have now improved to 3-3 by snapping their own three-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Hobart Hurricanes are now 5-1 with a whole week off before playing the Melbourne Stars away at Melbourne's MCG next Monday night 14 January - their return clash after Christmas Eve at Blundstone Arena.

Finch was playing his first game since being dropped from the Test team a week ago and the Renegades captain top-scored with 42 from 39 balls with three fours and a six.

It took a direct run-out hit from leading BBL run-out striker Johan Botha to end Finch's starring knock.

This was Finch's first BBL game this season and only a cameo - he now leaves again to captain the national one-day team against India.

Finch says he has barely batted after being dropped from the Test side, instead returning to Melbourne for a badly-needed rest.

"Runs have been few and far between haven't they?," he said of his innings.

"That (the break) was really refreshing, it's something I haven't done for a long time.

"Mentally, when you're training and travelling and playing so much, it can wear you down.

"So that's why this week was really important - not ideal to be dropped from the Test side, obviously, but... it was really nice."

Finch opened and in-form Sam Harper, who moved up to No.3, was named Player of the Match for his classy 32 from 18 balls and impressive wicket-keeping behind the stumps.

Batting has been the Renegades' big worry this season and after a solid start to their innings, they faltered at 4-117 after 16 overs.

But Mohammad Nabi (26 no) and former Hurricane Dan Christian (25 no) brought them home.

Christian's two sixes in Riley Meredith's second-last over were crucial and Nabi then closed out the match with a six off James Faulkner, taking them to 4-150 in reply to the Hurricanes' 5-145.

Harper looked set for a big score before a contentious lbw decision off the bowling of Clive Rose, who was the pick of the Hurricanes attack with 1-15 from his four overs.

The ball looked like it was going down the leg side.

After being sent in to bat, the Hurricanes' normally explosive top order slumped to 3-11 before George Bailey and Ben McDermott rescued their innings in fine style.

Bailey hit a four off the very last ball of the innings to finish on 70 not out while McDermott made 50.

Their 112-run stand pushed Hobart to the highest score in three games this season at Marvel Stadium, where the pitches have come under plenty of criticism.

Hobart lost 3-0 at one stage, with Kane Richardson on a hat-trick in the second over, when he had Test hopeful Matthew Wade and Alex Doolan both caught behind.

The following over, there was some confusion when D'Arcy Short fended off a short ball from Usman Shinwari, who raced down the pitch to take the catch.

The umpire initially shook his head before raising his finger, with Short later confirming he walked.

"I was always confident the boys could beat Hobart - we've had some great battles with them over the years," Finch said.

"Regardless of how either team is travelling... (we) bring the best out of each other.

"The way we started with the ball was really important... and then a nice run chase."

The Hurricanes' brave fightback from their top-order collapse lead them to post 5-145 from their 20 overs while the Melbourne Renegades finished with 4-150 from 19.2 overs.


Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat - 4pm Tuesday 29 January, Blundstone Arena, Hobart - NB: LIVE Fox Sports TV ONLY.


Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers - 7:30pm Thursday 31 January, University Of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston.


Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades - 7:30pm Thursday 7 February, Blundstone Arena, Hobart.