A sensational knock from Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Sam Harper has lifted the home side to a crucial six-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium.
Harper blasted 89 runs from 48 deliveries, his highest score in the BBL, before he was caught in the deep by the Hurricanes’ Tim David.
The victory was the Renegades’ second after a horror run of four consecutive defeats, while the defeat was the Hurricanes’ fifth of the season as they continue their stuttering run of form.
The Renegades were set a target of 163 runs for victory by the Hurricanes who, despite decent scores across the board, lost wickets at a consistent rate.
The visitors were sent in to bat after losing the toss, with opening pair Jewell (28) and Ben McDermott (28) doing some early damage.
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English import Zak Crawley (13) couldn’t get going, but it was the wicket of skipper Matthew Wade that signalled the Hurricanes wouldn’t have much left to give.
Just two balls after Crawley departed in the 12th over, Wade flicked a Richardson delivery shot and felt there was a single on, calling “yeah, mate” to Tim David, who was at the opposite end.
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But after both took a few steps, there was total hesitation between the duo and it was Wade who got burned as Tom Rogers’ underarm throw hit the stumps.
Fox Cricket’s Glenn Maxwell and Brett Lee were stunned at the mix-up.
“There was absolute hesitation from both ends,” Maxwell said.
“Wade went yes early, then Tim David sort of stuttered, then Wade stuttered, then they both end up just looking at each other.
“Wade was gone for all money.”
Lee added: “Massive fry-up.”
Wade also shot a filthy look at David as he made his way off the field.
David (9) would have his turn to be run out by Rogers only a few overs later, with Asif Ali (8) departing just one over before.
The wickets continued to tumble in the final few overs as Wil Parker (1) was caught and bowled by Richardson and Faheem Ashraf (26) found the hands of Will Sutherland in the deep.
Joel Paris (16*) provided a late flurry alongside Nathan Ellis (7*) at the crease to complete the Hurricanes’ 20 overs as they posted a total of 8/162.
The Renegades’ innings got off to a blistering start thanks to Kiwi international Martin Guptill (36), who faced 16 straight deliveries before handing the strike over to fellow opener Marcus Harris.
Guptill exited when he guided a shot down the throat of Fahreem Ashfraf, with Harris (3) not far behind as he was run out by David despite Harper loudly calling out “no run” at the other end.
Renegades skipper Aaron Finch (5) failed to get going when he edged a shot to Caleb Jewell, but the hosts took a stand with Harper and Jonathan Wells at the crease for a 98-run partnership.
Harper’s innings came to an end on 89, but Hurricanes bowler Riley Meredith dropped the Renegades ace on 61 in what was the Tasmanian side’s 15th dropped catch this season.
Wells (22*) and Will Sutherland (4*) then comfortably finished the job for the Renegades, achieving the winning runs with 11 balls to spare.
Renegades XI: Marcus Harris, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Jonathan Wells, Mackenzie Harvey, Will Sutherland, Akeal Hosein, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (12th man)
Hurricanes XI: Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade (c, wk), Tim David, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Wil Parker, Nathan Ellis, Joel Paris, Riley Meredith, D’Arcy Short (12th man)
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