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Cadbury Match Moments: Hurricanes Seize Top Spot & Home Semi-Final

07 February 2019

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A thrilling 16-run victory over the third-placed Melbourne Renegades has guaranteed that #TasmaniasTeam will finish the regular season on top of the BBL|08 Ladder and host a Home Semi-Final at 7:30pm NEXT Thursday Night 14 February at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena for the first time since BBL|01 seven years ago.

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Player Of The Match Matthew Wade responded to an Australian ODI selection snubbing by smacking yet another Big Bash half century, as the Hurricanes posted a respectable 6-183 batting first against the dangerous Renegades at Blundstone Arena, when a score around 200 was on the cards at one stage.

In reply, an equally fast-starting Renegades outfit led by Australia’s star openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris largely kept pace with the Hurricanes’ run-rate and falling wickets, until the runs required proved too much pressure for their middle order batsmen – choked by some superbly tight spin bowling from D’Arcy Short (2-20 from 4.0 overs), Afghani debutant Qais Ahmad (2-34 from 4.0 overs) and Clive Rose (0-16 from 2.0 overs) to finish at 8-167 from their 20 overs.

The in-form skipper Wade hit 58 from just 30 balls – including four sixes and six fours, in an 87-run opening stand with partner-in-crime D'Arcy Short who made 28 from 23 balls – including three fours and one maximum, for the former Test wicketkeeper's sixth half century of the BBL season so far.

He became the second player to pass 500 runs this tournament, behind fellow big-hitter Short, but denied his non-selection spurred him on.

"Not really," Wade told Fox Sports.

"I think if you start batting for individual success then things don't go your way."

Short reached a milestone of his own, breaking his record for the most runs scored in a BBL campaign - set at 572 last season.

The Hurricanes were flying at more than 10-an-over during the Power Play but the Renegades pegged back momentum when speedster Kane Richardson (2-55) removed Wade and Short in the space of three balls in the ninth over.

It sparked an alarming collapse of 3-10 in the middle overs including the scalps of Caleb Jewell for four (6 balls) and George Bailey for nine (11 balls), before middle order batsman Simon Milenko swung some lusty blows late.

Milenko (27 from 14 balls) took 20 runs off one Richardson over before holing out to English seamer Harry Gurney (2-40) with three fours and one six.

Ben McDermott finished unbeaten on 39 after also playing a steadying role for the Hurricanes while Jofra Archer made just three off three balls and Clive Rose was not out eight from five balls.

All Hurricanes wickets were out caught behind or on the boundary ropes.

Batting second, the Renegades’ top-scorers were middle-order batsman Tom Cooper with 44 (34 balls), captain and opener Aaron Finch with 35 (28 balls) and Sam Harper with 20 (12 balls).

Former Hurricanes all-rounders Dan Christian made 15 from 18 balls and Cameron Boyce made just three from six deliveries.

As with the Hurricanes, all Renegades’ wickets were out caught behind or in the outfield with McDermott and Bailey both taking two catches and Afghani newcomer Ahmad taking one and dropping one catch.

Hurricanes quick David Moody took 1-29 from his three overs and star import Jofra Archer took 2-19 from his four overs, while a rattled Riley Meredith endured a nightmare 10-ball opening over that went for 23 runs and included one wide, three no balls and four leg byes to finish with 1-43 from his three overs.

The Renegades treated the Hurricanes pacemen with disdain early, racing to 1-70 off their own Power Play before the trio of 'Cane Train' spinners went to work during the middle overs.

Earlier the third-placed Melbourne Renegades won the toss and sent Big Bash ladder-leaders the Hurricanes into bat at Blundstone Arena with an impressive winning record of four games to one against the local team in Hobart.

Afghanistan’s 18-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmad was selected to make his debut in the Hurricanes XI in the wake of Johan Botha’s recent cricket retirement, replacing fellow young spinner Jarrod Freeman, while quick Riley Meredith replaced all-rounder James Faulkner, who is out with knee soreness.

The Afghani teenager Ahmad arrived in Australia earlier this week and trained in Hobart for the first time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Test opener Marcus Harris returned to the Renegades squad following the end of the Second Test against Sri Lanka, while Sam Harper retained his place with Will Sutherland still recovering from a back injury.

Harper came into the Renegades squad as a replacement player for Aaron Finch and has been able to remain in their ranks since with Finch and Harris on national duties.

The Hurricanes play their last regular season game away against the Sydney Thunder at a 'Sold Out' Manuka Oval in Canberra from 6:15pm this Saturday night 9 February - televised on Fox Sports Cricket only.

This match result will have no impact on the Hurricanes' unassailable position atop the BBL Ladder so it might feature some team line-up experimentation heading into the Finals Series.

Hurricanes Squad: Matthew Wade (c), Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short - Alex Doolan, Tom Rogers.

Renegades Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Harry Gurney, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain - Jack Wildermuth, Jon Holland.