Big Bash League campaign ends for Melbourne Renegades
The Melbourne Renegades lost a thriller against the Hobart Hurricanes by 7 wickets with one ball remaining in their final Big Bash League game at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Led by Royal Challengers Bangalore all rounder Andrew McDonald, the Renegades won the toss and chose to bat first. They posted 173/4 in their innings, a total chased down after a close match as the Hurricanes posted 174/7 in 19.5 overs.
Brad Hodge and Aaron Finch made the most of the sun bathed Bellerive Oval in the morning, posting an opening stand of 126 in 13.3 overs before Hodge became the first one to go. The batsmen who followed threw away the start though as they only managed to take 48 runs off the remaining 39 deliveries.
Jason Krejza took 3/39 for the Hurricanes, beginning with the wicket of Finch then returning to dismiss Nathan Reardon and Andrew McDonald in the same over. Shahid Afridi’s 18 off 10 balls with 2 sixes helped Renegades reach 174/4.
RCB speedster Dirk Nannes drew first blood for the Renegades, dismissing Mark Cosgrove for 2 off 5 balls in the fourth over. Nannes was hard to put away, finishing his first spell for tidy figures of 3-0-12-1.
The Hurricanes immediately looked to score runs when Nannes’ spell ended, Travis Birt targeting Shahid Afridi and taking 3 sixes off him before Afridi got him lbw for 25 off 16 balls. Andrew McDonalds brought himself into the attack, began his over by conceding three consecutive boundaries and promptly took himself out of the attack.
Owais Shah joined opener Jonathan Wells on 50 in the middle at 83/2 and the duo took the score to 153 in the 18th over, adding 70 runs in just 49 balls. With 54 required from 30 balls at a point, Shahid Afridi conceded 18 runs in an over, easing the equation.
Wells hit only one four in the partnership before he was dismissed for 72 off 61 balls. Owais Shah was the aggressor, reaching 41 in 26 balls when Wells went.
A much easier 20 was required from 12 balls when Nannes came back to bowl the 19th over. He failed to strike though and the Hurricanes managed to take 10 very important runs off his over, leaving 10 to be taken off Afridi’s last over. Dirk Nannes finished with figures of 1/22 from his four overs.
Shah and Phil Jacques had luck on their side. Afridi bowled a tight line but an inside edge off the penultimate ball ran away for four past short third man, bringing the equation down to one run needed off the last ball. Afridi bowled a wide and the Hurricanes were the winners by 7 wickets, earning themselves a home semifinal.
The Renegades ended at number 7 on the points table, ahead of only Sydney Thunder.