The back story
We spoke in our last preview of the mixed results taking place below us on the BBL|08 table and that trend continued over the weekend, with our most recent opponent the Sixers our closest rival albeit being one win back with two more games played.
The word from the playing group is we're not getting ahead ourselves, so we won't do that here either.
Not when facing an impressive batch of former Hurricanes tonight under the Marvel Stadium roof in Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian and Beau Webster, with the prime addition from Australian duty of their number one player, Aaron Finch.
The Renegades will no doubt be a different proposition with Finch in their XI as they strive to head into the mid-tournament group of fixtures with more consistency.
On the flip side, our Hurricanes will want to keep rolling.
With one week between tonight's game and our next one - a trip back to Melbourne to face the Stars at the home of cricket, there's a fair spell of time to dwell on the outcome of tonight.
We'll take a trip through time here to see who might come out on top...
Melbourne Renegades vs. Hobart Hurricanes
Monday 7 January, 2019
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Broadcast LIVE on Seven and Fox Cricket
Renegades squad: Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Boyce, Tom Cooper, Dan Christian, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Cameron White, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Wildermuth, Kane Richardson, Usman Khan Shinwari, Jon Holland
Hurricanes squad: Matthew Wade (C), Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Johan Botha, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short.
We're five from five, that's well known by now! But we're finding ways to win, in particular in our last game vs. the Sixers who brought us down to the final over... and then the final two deliveries.
Our players all know their roles and through five matches they've largely played them each night which in turn creates an impressive, hard-to-beat unit.
The Renegades will be looking to string some wins together after going down to the Strikers in Geelong and will enjoy being on their home patch once more for the first time in 2019.
There's been plenty of external talk about the condition of the drop-in wickets around the country and our players prepared expertly yesterday on Marvel Stadium for this.
Last time we met
We faced the Renegades just the once in BBL|07, in our very first game of the season at Blundstone Arena, going down by seven wickets with nine balls remaining.
On this night, our top six all made starts without going on with them before Jofra Archer's 2/17 from four overs held us the game until nearly the final over.
For our visitors, their now-crosstown rival, Dwayne Bravo was their star a long with Cameron White. The West Indian took 5/28 from four overs.
Our road trip continues for a little while yet.
We're in Melbourne again this time next week before jetting to Perth, Adelaide then Sydney.
When we get back to Tasmania, there's three home games remaining! Click on each match below to get your tickets.
Tuesday 29 January vs. Brisbane Heat, 4:00pm, Blundstone Arena
Thursday 31 January vs. Adelaide Strikers, 7:30pm, University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
Thursday 7 February vs. Melbourne Renegades, 7:30pm, Blundstone Arena