The Hurricanes have stolen the show to defend the low total of 122 to seal an eight run win after Jake Fraser-McGurk’s “extraordinary” catch in the first innings.
Stand-in captain Nathan Ellis’ side re-wrote the record books, coming away with the fourth lowest total ever defended in the 12-year history of the BBL.
Hobart came out firing in the second innings, taking three wickets in the first three overs to leave their Melbourne rivals reeling.
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Nic Maddinson departed after only two balls before Paddy Dooley dismissed Fraser-McGurk and Riley Meredith got his first wicket with a smart slower ball to send Sam Harper packing.
Later Aaron Finch (13) was caught by Tim Paine — recalled after Matthew Wade’s one-game suspension — up to the stumps, Andre Russell (2) went for a maximum and was bowled by Riley Meredith before Jono Wells (26) scooped a Shadab Khan delivery to Tim David at deep mid-on.
Russell’s big heave was labelled a “coach killer” by Fox Cricket’s Brad Haddin as the Melbourne side prepared to take the power surge.
Meredith finished the innings with a stunning 3/12 from his four overs with 14 dot balls, while Dooley was also impressive with 2/23 off his four sets.
Will Sutherland (40) provided the only resistance as the Renegades failed to chase down a low total of 122 in what was a disappointing chase.
“To keep the Renegades to 122 all out, that is a wonderful bowling display,” Brad Haddin said.
“Three in a row and unbeaten until now, the Renegades, the Hurricanes, they go into Christmas with a smile on their faces,” Isa Guha said.
“They are back, and they are back at home.”
The Renegades were in the box seat after a strong bowling performance in the first innings which saw Fraser-McGurk take what could be the catch of BBL12 to dismiss Shadab Khan.
Only 12 months ago the 20-year-old took what was hailed as the catch of the summer to dismiss Strikers gun Jake Weatherald.
At the time Fox Cricket’s Brad Haddin said “you’re going to have to go a long way to see anything better than that” and now he could have topped that effort.
Khan’s shot off the bowling of David Moody looked to be sailing over the ropes and even Aaron Finch could be heard on the mic saying “six”.
But Fraser-McGurk had other ideas and came “to the rescue” according to Fox Cricket’s Isa Guha with the Hurricanes struggling at 4/67 after nine overs.
“I thought that was gone a long way back, we have seen him do it before, he’s athletic as anyone in the world,” Brett Lee said.
“That is extraordinary athleticism, presence of mind, not many people in the game can do that,” Brad Haddin said.
“What a catch, a ripper,” Lee added.
Fraser-McGurk’s effort stole the show, but West Indies star Akeal Hosein and David Moody deserve the plaudits, taking three wickets each to dismantle the Hurricanes for only 122.
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Hurricanes XI: D’Arcy Short, James Neesham, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan, Tim David, Asif Ali, Tim Paine (wk), Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis (c), Paddy Dooley, Riley Meredith
Renegades XI: Nic Maddinson (c), Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Moody
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