The home side won the toss and sent the Hurricanes in to bat, and Reece Topley repaid his captain Nic Maddinson by removing Matthew Wade for nought with the third ball of the game.
Ben McDermott struck two boundaries - including a glorious straight drive down the ground - but Topley struck again to remove Short, caught by Sam Harper to leave the ‘Canes 2-17.
Taking it upon himself once again, McDermott began to lead from the front, playing confidently but remaining in control, clearly aware that he could not afford to fall. Harry Brook seemed to settle next to him, but fell on 11, leaving Hurricanes in a slight hole at 3-52, and pressure on McDermott to bat through once again.
Handscomb was next to join McDermott at the crease, and from that point on Hurricanes fans could scarcely believe their eyes as McDermott began to put on one of the great displays the tournament has ever seen. Bringing up his 50, McDermott then went into overdrive, showcasing absolutely ridiculous power to bomb six after six into the Marvel Stadium crowd. Multiple pull shots truly had to be seen to be believed, as not even the second tier of the stadium was safe from the onslaught.
As Handscomb fed the strike, McDermott continued to find the rope, and brought up his century in an astonishing fashion, making his second fifty in just 16 deliveries. In doing so, McDermott became the first man ever to record back to back Big Bash hundreds, and also the first player to score three centuries in competition history.
When Handscomb was finally caught in the deep for a very valuable 24 off 20 balls, the Hurricanes were 4-167, as McDermott almost single-handedly added 100 runs to suddenly put the ‘Canes in the drivers seat.
The explosive Tim David joined the red-hot McDermott at the crease and wasted no time joining in the fun himself, launching an enormous six over cover to keep the frenzy going for the Hurricanes. McDermott also continued his onslaught, thrashing another six to the fence as 200 was suddenly on the cards for the Hurricanes.
David ensured they reached that landmark – thumping another bomb over cover to bring up 200 for the purple army and turn a lackluster start into a truly phenomenal performance for the Hurricanes batting lineup. On the final ball of the innings, McDermott was run out pushing for a single – an unselfish effort that brought to an end a truly remarkable innings.
127 runs, 9 fours and 9 sixes off just 65 balls for McDermott to lead the ‘Canes to 5-206 at the innings break, ably supported by Tim David who made a remarkable 30 runs off just nine balls, with four sixes of his own.
Chasing a fearsome total, the Renegades started brilliantly, taking 19 off the first over, but Tom Rogers struck immediately to remove Aaron Finch and restore order for the Hurricanes. Sam Harper was in good touch for the Renegades, but Rogers broke through again via the safe hands of D’Arcy Short in the deep to remove Nic Maddinson, and suddenly the Renegades were 2-30.
A phenomenal catch behind first slip – palmed up by Handscomb and taken on the dive by Riley Meredith - gave Rogers his third wicket two balls later, and the Hurricanes were pumped up at Marvel Stadium.
Jake Fraser-McGurk joined Harper and began aggressively, and suddenly the Renegades were beginning to find a platform as the two young batters pushed the total along nicely. Hobart needed a breakthrough – and it was Sandeep Lamichhane's turn to provide.
Firstly he had Fraser-McGurk caught by Short in the deep for 21, before he removed Mohammad Nabi via the same combination four balls later to have the Renegades spluttering at 5-73.
The Renegades regained composure and managed to notch up 100, before a brilliant team effort in the field and a cracking throw from Matt Wade ran out Sam Harper on a well made 57 to break any momentum.
The very next ball and the ‘Canes had another run out; a good throw from Sandeep Lamichhane to D’Arcy Short removed James Pattinson and the Renegades were all at sea at 7-102.
From there, it was a flurry of wickets – Short dismissed Kane Richardson, Meredith removed Jack Prestwidge before Lamichhane completed a memorable victory with his third wicket – bowling the Renegades out for 121 and securing a cracking 85 run victory.
FULL SCORECARD: www.cricket.com.au