The Snapshot: After winning the Bat Flip and sending the Hurricanes into bat, Renegades captain Aaron Finch would have liked to change his mind. The Hurricanes got off to a flyer with the score racing to 87 before the first wicket fell. Two balls later Kane Richardson struck again to put the brakes on the fast start. Finch turned to his spinners in Mohammad Nabi and Cameron Boyce who combined well to slow the scoring down. Nabi was the pick of the Renegades bowlers with 1-21(4) whilst Boyce was solid with 0-21(3). Daniel Christian bowled well in the later stages of the innings collecting figures of 1-34(4). Harry Gurney and Richardson bowled at the death with Gurney picking up 2-40 and Richardson ending with figures of 2-55. Late hitting saw the Hurricanes score reach 6-183.
In reply with the bat, the first over of the chase was one of the stranger first overs in BBL08. The over went for 23 but just 11 runs came off the bat. Marcus Harris just didn’t get going in his return to the BBL, caught out for three. Finch and Sam Harper put the foot down during the powerplay, reaching 1-70 at the end of the sixth over. Finch would depart for 35(28) caught in the deep and just three balls later Harper mirrored the dismissal of his skipper for 20(12) with the score 3-74. The innings just couldn’t bring the run rate to below 10 runs per over for the final eight overs. Tom Cooper was the stand out with the bat top scoring with 44(33). The Renegades fell short by 16 runs and will now look to next week’s semi-final.
The Key Moment: It wasn’t a night full of highlights for the Renegades but there were a few key moments. Tom Cooper found some form late in the innings with the bat collecting 44(33). Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for the Renegades with his 1-21 and really putting a halt to the Hurricanes momentum.
The Key Player: Needing 184 for victory, one of the batters was going to have to put their hand up. Cooper was the best with the bat for the Gades with his 44(33).
Up Next: Having already booked their spot in the BBL08 finals, the loss now sees the Gades a certainty to play next week’s semi-final away from home. The opponent and destination will rely on results later this week.