Well, Hobart Hurricanes faced their first loss of the Big Bash League this season (BBL 2018/19). It was sixth-ranked Melbourne Renegades in the points table, who thumped Hobart Hurricanes in the 23rd match of the tournament. The collective bowling and batting effort from Melbourne saw George Bailey’s 70* go in vain.
Georgy Bailey, Ben McDermott shines for Hobart:
Initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. They have got a brilliant start with three wickets being dismissed for 11 runs. The in-form Mathew Wade, D’Arcy Short and the reliable Alex Doolan walked back for a single-digit score.
However, George Bailey and Ben McDermott played superbly to balance the ship. The duo batted well to put Melbourne bowlers away from success for quite a period in the middle of the innings.
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The duo added a 102-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Ben walked back in search of some quick runs in the slog overs. It was followed by Milenko’s 13-run knock. Meanwhile, Bailey scored an unbeaten 70* to help Hobart Hurricanes put 145 on the board.
Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian ends it fine:
In reply, Melbourne Renegades finally got their skipper Aaron Finch back to open the innings. During the course, their in-form opener Harvey failed to replicate his show for Melbourne, who was dismissed for 7 to his name.
However, Harper and Aaron Finch steadied the chase, who put on a 64-run partnership for the second wicket. In particular, Sam Harper has been brilliant. Things always looked pretty easy for Melbourne Renegades, as all the batsmen got starts in their approach.
Tom Cooper once again failed while Daniel Christian and Mohammad Nabi finished things off in a style. Daniel Christian once again showed his fantastic skills by knocking an unbeaten 25* off 13 balls. Earlier, Aaron Finch scored 42 off 39 balls.
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Hobart Hurricanes – 145/5 (George Bailey 70*, Ben McDermott 50, Richardson 3/38)
Melbourne Renegades – 150/4 (Finch 42, Nabi 26*, Clive Rose 1/15)