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Ending on a winning note

26 January 2021

The Melbourne Renegades have ended their BBL|10 campaign on a high, beating the Hobart Hurricanes by 11 runs at the MCG thanks to fine performances with both bat and ball.

Upsetting the apple cart
While the Renegades were out of finals contention heading into the match, there was plenty riding on it for the Hurricanes.

Needing victory to secure their place in the finals, the Canes will return home outside the final five, joining the Gades in casting their eyes towards next season.

Youngster’s moment in the sun
Zak Evans began his BBL career without a wicket in his first three matches.

You couldn’t blame him for wondering when the first one would finally come, given he had bowled quite well and without luck.

But when it rains, it pours.

In his past three matches, Evans has taken 10 wickets, including a career-best 5-33 against the Hurricanes.

He removed both openers (Matthew Wade, 13 runs from 6 deliveries, and D’Arcy Short, 29 runs off 32 deliveries), prized Will Jacks (13 from 14) out of the middle order and then mopped up the tail (Nathan Ellis, 7 from 5, and Riley Meredith, 4 from 2) to end his season in the best way possible.

Elsewhere, Peter Hatzoglou (1-24) was again magnificent, bowling danger man Ben McDermott (1 from 2) and bowling tightly throughout, and Imad Wasim (1-22) was again economical throughout his spell.

Middle order again comes to the party
At 3-36 in the sixth over, the Renegades’ prospects of ending the season on a high were looking bleak.

But anyone writing off the Gades at this juncture hadn’t learned the lessons from the win over the Melbourne Stars last Wednesday night.

On that occasion, it was Mackenzie Harvey and Beau Webster who combined to carry the Renegades to a famous victory.

Just six days on, it was the same pair who repeated the dose against the Hurricanes, adding 63 from 46 balls to hold the innings together before Webster took charge, motoring to his unbeaten 54 with a six late in the piece.

In the latter stages of the season, Harvey (40 from 37) and Webster (54 not out from 35) have become the glue in the Renegades’ middle order, something they will be looking to build on in BBL|11.

What comes next?
That’s all for BBL|10. The Renegades have finished on a high note, winning two of their last three matches, and will enjoy the feeling of victory as they begin to prepare for BBL|11.