The Hobart Hurricanes have won their first home-state game in KFC BBL|099 by seven wickets, in a Christmas Eve blockbuster against the Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena.
Riley Meredith (2-26) took man of the match honours as part of a strong bowling attack, as the Hurricanes bowled the Renegades out for 147, before chasing down the total for the loss of just three wickets.
The Hurricanes’ pace attack powered their win; with Meredith, James Faulkner (3-26) and Nathan Ellis (3-15 off three) sharing the spoils.
Faulkner struck in the first over of the game, with Sam Harper caught by Caleb Jewell at deep mid-wicket for a duck.
But the Renegades recovered and upped the tempo, scoring 50 runs off the powerplay, as Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh built a strong partnership.
Marsh (37 off 30) claimed the BKT Golden Bat cap during his innings, before Ellis made the breakthrough in the 10th over for his first wicket in the BBL.
Finch (50 off 37) was gone soon thanks to a great catch from Simon Milenko at mid-wicket.
Wickets then started to fall as the Hurricanes tore through the Renegades middle and lower order.
Faulkner and Jewell combined again in the 15th over to dismiss Marcus Harris (20 off 15), before Qais Ahmad was rewarded in the final over of his spell with the wicket of Beau Webster
Meredith made two important breakthroughs in 18th over, dismissing the dangerous Dan Christian and Tom Cooper.
Ellis found himself on a hat-trick in the following over, before Faulkner finished the Renegades’ innings in the final over.
The Hurricanes carefully managed the run chase, guided by the class of D’Arcy Short (60 off 45) and captain Ben McDermott (51 not out).
After a steady start to the innings, Tom Cooper struck in the fourth over, dismissing opener Simon Milenko and first-drop Caleb Jewell for ducks.
While this threatened a collapse, with Aaron Finch continuing to target the Hurricanes with spin, Short and McDermott stabilized the Hurricanes’ innings.
Short brought up his 50 in the 12th over but was trapped in front by Cameron Boyce soon after.
However, the experienced David Miller (25 not out off 15) came to the crease to see out the innings and provide some fireworks, as the Hurricanes chased the total down with five balls to spare.
The Hurricanes now head to Launceston, where they will face the Melbourne Stars at University of Tasmania Stadium on Monday 30 December at 7.10pm.