The Melbourne Renegades snapped their losing streak and in the process gave the Hurricanes their first taste of defeat.
Aaron Finch guided his troops to victory under the roof of Marvel Stadium as the Renegades got their season back on track.
Renegades hand Hurricanes first loss
It went right down to the wire, but the Melbourne Renegades snapped their three-game losing-streak, while also ending the Hurricanes undefeated start to the Big Bash competition.
A key innings from returning skipper Aaron Finch helped guide the Renegades home and ensured their home fans went home happy.
The innings and win was once again secured by the duo of Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian who combined for a quickfire 33-run stand.
Hurricanes get pivotal wicket
He may have struggled in the Test cauldron, but Aaron Finch is right at home in the shortest format of the game.
The returning Melbourne Renegades skipper was showing his class as he punished the Hurricanes bowling attack to all parts of Marvel Stadium.
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 7, 2019
But just as he looked to be guiding the Renegades to victory, the opener was caught short in what was a tight run call.
Finch clipped one off his pads and was called through for the single but struggled down the pitch and a direct hit sent him on his way.
Early slip up for Melbourne
After not making the most of their stellar start, the Renegades have faltered out of the gates in their run chase with Mackenzie Harvey back in the sheds after only troubling the scorers for seven runs.
Hurricanes torch Renegades
After falling to 3/11, the undefeated Hurricanes looked headed towards their first loss of the Big Bash season. But Melbourne couldn’t take advantage.
A 102-run between Ben McDermott and George Bailey not only resurrected the innings, it put the Hurricanes back in the drivers sear.
After McDermott departed on 50 runs, Bailey continued on with the job and lifted the visitors total to a more than respectable 5/145 from their 20 overs.
Bailey ended the innings on 70 runs from only 53 deliveries as he put the Renegades bowling attack to the sword.
Returning skipper Aaron Finch will be left to rue what could have been, especially after Bailey was dropped on 19 in what was a rather simple catch chance.
Ben McDermott’s past two Marvel Stadium visits …
McDermott was on 0 when Hobart slumped to 3/11. Scored 11 runs off first 20 balls and 39 off next 23 balls. Great knock. @HurricanesBBL
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) January 7, 2019
‘Incompetent’ moment shredded
The undefeated Hobart Hurricanes have been left shell-shocked by the Melbourne Renegades in their clash at Marvel Stadium.
A top order collapse saw the Renegades assume control with the visitors falling to 3-11 inside of the opening three overs.
Matt Wade was the first to fall, followed up instantly by Alex Doolan before devastating opener D’Arcy Short copped a brutal bouncer from Usman Shinwari.
As the ball lofted into the air, Shinwari rushed in to claim the catch only for the umpire to shake his head before raising the finger.
What a strange, confusing sequence of events.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 7, 2019
Former Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry wasn’t a fan of the umpires moment of madness.
Totally incompetent #EMBARRASSING
— Darren Berry (@ChuckBerry1969) January 7, 2019
Finch gets first up win in return
Cameron White has been dropped to make room for the returning Aaron Finch and the skipper has had a minor victory as he won the bat flip, opting to bowl first.
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 7, 2019
Hurricanes cop big blow
Tim Paine is likely to recharge his batteries before a two-Test series against Sri Lanka, rather than have a short stint in the Big Bash League.
Paine’s commitment to the Hobart Hurricanes can’t be faulted, as underlined by the recruitment pitch he delivered to Rishabh Pant at the MCG.
But Paine is expected to turn his focus quickly to Australia’s day-night clash with Sri Lanka that starts on January 24, rather than whacking the white ball next week for Hobart.
The Test skipper isn’t taking part in the three-match ODI series that starts on Saturday against India.
It means the 34-year-old could hypothetically play BBL games for the undefeated ladder leaders on January 14 and 18 before linking up with Australia’s Test squad in Brisbane.
“It might be a little bit of a stretch. We’ll probably have that conversation in the next day or two,” Paine told Fox Cricket.
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“We’ll probably have that conversation in the next day or two. I’d love to get back and play, but I’ve had a little bit on and still got a fair bit to go through this summer.
“So it’s a bit of a balancing act to make sure I’m right to go for Australia.”
Paine, George Bailey and D’Arcy Short are the Hurricanes’ only players to have scored 1000 BBL runs.
Travis Head, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne are the other members of the Test squad who might return to the BBL, having been left out of Australia’s ODI squad.
Labuschagne will remain in Sydney after the Test, having been named in Brisbane Heat’s squad for their Tuesday night clash with Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium.
Frontline quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been rested from the ODI series to ensure they’re cherry ripe for the ensuing Tests.