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Match report: Hurricanes v Renegades

19 January 2022

Needing a win to secure a finals berth, a crazy comeback and some individual brilliance got the ‘Canes over the line in a thrilling encounter against the Renegades.

With a win securing a finals berth, skipper Matthew Wade won the toss and elected to bat against the Melbourne Renegades on a wicket that appeared to offer a bit, especially for the spinners.

Caleb Jewell started in fine fashion, showing his class early, but the Renegades picked up the critical wicket of Ben McDermott in the third over, caught on just three off Josh Lalor via a spectacular catch from Zak Evans.

Matthew Wade joined Jewell at the crease, and the two Tasmanians combined brilliantly again for the second game straight. Wade struck two fours before the pair added a maximum each as the duo built a strong base of 1-76 at the drinks break.

As so often happens, a wicket fell quickly after the halfway mark. Despite looking set, Jewell mistimed one and was caught on the fence for a valuable 35, bringing Short to the crease to join the skipper.

Wade was firing on all cylinders, continuing his excellent form from the previous game, and flashed another one to the boundary to take the ‘Canes to 2-95 through 13 overs. Unfortunately, this was to be his final contribution, as Evans made the breakthrough for the Renegades, removing Wade for an excellent knock of 48 off 39 deliveries.

Short, who had been playing well and rotating the strike, took responsibility and slashed one to the boundary, before new man Jordan Thompson did the same with his first delivery. Short continued to build his innings well, but Thompson was caught for nine in the sixteenth over, with the Hurricanes now 4-119.

Enter Tim David, who did what Tim David does best. Wasting no time whatsoever, the power hitter smashed one of the longest sixes of the tournament, a 112m bomb over cow corner. Dealing in sixes, David struck two more, before Short went one better, striking back to back fours before unleashing a 116m six to the amazement of the crowd.

David struck another four before an excellent innings from Short came to an end; 37 off 22 balls that kept the momentum up for the ‘Canes.  David smashed yet another six to push the total past 180 when all was said and done, steering the Hurricanes to 5-182 with a phenomenal 46 runs off just 20 balls.

With some batting firepower of their own, the Renegades wasted no time showing it, with new man at the top of the order James Seymour attacking Riley Meredith, striking three fours off the first over. Seymour then attacked Josh Kann in the second over for two more boundaries continuing a horror start for the purple.

When Aaron Finch began attacking in the third over, the Hurricanes desperately needed a wicket – and Tom Rogers delivered – removing Seymour via a cracking catch from Josh Kann. At the end of the powerplay, the Renegades were 1-43, a very solid start that would have had ‘Canes fans slightly concerned.

When Shaun Marsh joined Aaron Finch at the crease the concern became very real, as the pair got their eye in and survived some very tight bowling to steer the Renegades to 1-89 through the first 10 overs.

The two proven performers took their play to another level after the break, playing a variety of classic cricket shots to dispatch Tom Rogers for three boundaries, and suddenly the equation started to tip the way of the 'Gades.

More boundaries followed, and as the chase crept closer and closer to a run a ball, the Hurricanes finally made the crucial breakthrough. Sandeep Lamichhane had the excellent Shaun Marsh caught in the deep for a well made 51 off 38 to briefly halt the Renegades momentum at 2-138.

Losing his partner had no impact on Aaron Finch, who smashed Short for a six and four in the very next over, while new man Unmukt Chand fed the strike. The total went past 160 with just under three overs to go and the ‘Canes were in dire straights, before some brilliant bowling managed to bring about an extremely unexpected collapse.

Lamichhane had Chand caught by Jewell, before Tom Rogers took the prized wicket of Aaron Finch, who departed for an inspirational 75 which almost secured his side victory. With two new batters now at the crease, Rogers struck again to remove Jonathon Merlo, and was barely denied his hat trick.

Now at 5-168 and needing 15 runs to win, the Renegades looked defeated after crumbling at the death, and ultimately fell six runs shorts at 6-176, as an epic comeback secured the Hurricanes a spot in the BBL finals.


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Hobart Hurricanes Men

Melbourne Renegades Men