Matthew Wade guaranteed Hobart Hurricanes will host the semifinal game of the Big Bash League 2018-19 at home after they cruised to a 16-run success over the Melbourne Renegades at the Bellerive Oval on Thursday (February 7), affirming a top-of-the-table finish, in spite of having one group match still to play.
Wade led Hobart’s charge front indeed with a quickfire 50, his 6th of the tournament, that gave them a bursting 87-pursue opening stand they were placed in. Wade scored a 30-ball 58, that included six fours and four sixes before he tumbled to Kane Richardson in the ninth over in semifinal game. D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott kept Hobart in the match with calm thumps, however, it was Simon Milenko 27-run cameo towards the end, off 14 balls, that gave Hobart a solid total of 183 to compete with.
Riley Meredith had the most noticeably awful of begins with the ball in his first finished, yielding 23 from the opening over of the pursuit, with 17 falling off one legitimate delivery. He yielded only the single in his initial three balls, yet from that point onward, his over reading: Nb, 5wd, 4nb, 4nb, 1, 1, 4lb. Aaron Finch (35) and Sam Harper (20) kept Renegades in the chase after the early wicket of Marcus Harris, however, the pair falling in progressive overs pegged Renegades back. Qais Ahmad, the Afghanistan young person, represented Finch on debut, making a promising begin to his BBL career.
Finally, defeat down to a scarcity of good partnerships. Tom Cooper gave them some expectation with a convenient 44, however, his wicket in the eighteenth over left the lower order with a lot to do.
Hobart have one last group match left, against Sydney Thunder on Thursday, while Renegades, who have likewise fixed a spot in the best four, should hold up until the league stages end to know who they will play further and where.
Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 183/6 in 20 overs (Matthew Wade 58, Ben McDermott 39*; Kane Richardson 2-55, Harry Gurney 2-40) beat Melbourne Renegades 167/8 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 35, Tom Cooper 44, D’Arcy Short 2-20) by 16 runs.