The Hobart Hurricanes have held on to defeat the Melbourne Renegades by four runs in a heart-stopping KFC BBL|09 clash at Marvel Stadium last night.
With the Renegades needing 11 runs off the last over after some superb hitting from Beau Webster and Mohammed Nabi, Hurricanes young gun Nathan Ellis was outstanding – taking Webster’s wicket and surrendering six runs – which secured the Hurricanes victory.
Despite going for 20 runs in the 18th over, Ellis was given the task of bowling the 20th, which secured the Hurricanes’ fourth win of their BBL campaign.
The Hurricanes were sent in and posted their highest score of the 2019/20 BBL season, with Matt Wade and Mac Wright anchoring a formidable 3/190.
Wade set the tone early with a blistering 66 off 29 deliveries, including seven fours and three sixes. Wright played his role with Wade early and cashed in late, carrying his bat for his maiden BBL half-century and finishing on an unbeaten 70 off 50 balls.
Ben McDermott’s late-inning cameo of 38 off 19 balls lifted the Hurricanes to 190 from 20 overs.
Qais Ahmad opened the bowling for the Hurricanes, setting the tone early and restricting the Renegades scoring. But half-centuries from Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster and Mohammed Nabi brought the Renegades back into the contest.
Nabi was dismissed in the 19th over, as man-of-the-match Mac Wright took a high-pressure catch in the outfield.
The Hurricanes’ final regular season home game of the season is against the Sydney Thunder on Friday night at Blundstone Arena.