The Hobart Hurricanes defeated the Melbourne Renegades by eight runs despite skipper Matthew Wade’s BBL ban and a late flurry with the bat from Will Sutherland. Hurricanes dismissed Renegades for 114 after being rolled for 122 in 18 overs at Blundstone Arena on Saturday, with Sutherland nearly bringing his side over the line.
Hurricanes’ victory over Renegades
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After the Renegades were down to 77 for 8, he smashed 40 off 29 balls before holing out to Jimmy Neesham in the deep off Joel Paris in the 20th over to claim victory for the undermanned hosts. Wade received a one-game ban for three code of conduct violations in 18 months. During that time, there were two occurrences of utilizing an audible obscenity and one incidence of misuse of cricket equipment. In Wade’s absence, Nathan Ellis was named to captain, while ex-Test captain Tim Paine was picked for his first BBL game in over five years.
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As Renegades’ pursuit worsened, in-form skipper Nic Maddison dropped for a duck off the second ball of the reply. Before Sutherland nearly pulled off a late miracle, Jono Wells tried his best to keep the middle order together in the face of an onslaught spearheaded by Riley Meredith and Shadab Khan. Earlier, Hurricanes paceman David Moody blasted through the Hurricanes’ top order before spinner Akeal Hosein wreaked havoc on the lower order.
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Neesham dominated the powerplay, blazing a quick 28 before departing, sparking a flurry of wickets. Moody sent Caleb Jewell’s off-stump cartwheeling with one of the tournament’s best deliveries before Shadab fell to a remarkable outfield catch by Jake Fraser-McGurk. Ellis struggled to right the ship late in the game before becoming the tournament’s second casualty, falling to West Indian heavyweight Andre Russell.
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