The 24th game of the Big Bash League turned out to be a high-scoring affair as Hobart Hurricanes squared off against Melbourne Renegades at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. The game witnessed run-scoring galore as records were broken on the night that saw Hurricanes clinch the highest chase achieved in the history of Big Bash League by scoring 223 runs to upstage Melbourne Renegades.
A majestic innings was played by Ben McDermott who smashed 114 runs off 52 balls to see his side successfully chase down 222 in the last over of the innings. He came to the crease with both the openers back in the hut as Tim Paine and D’Arcy Short were dismissed by off-spinner Tom Cooper to give Melbourne an early edge in the game. He started slowly but then went berserk to score the next 85 runs off 27 balls as he caned every bowler to all corners of the ground. McDermott struck eight fours and nine sixes in his innings and held the innings together for Hurricanes in their quest to overcome a daunting target posted by Melbourne Renegades.
McDermott put on a match-winning partnership of 151 runs along with George Bailey to put his side back on the track after the loss of early wickets. Bailey also chipped in with a crucial half century and proved to be the ideal foil for McDermott who slayed the Renegades bowling attack. In the end, Stuart Broad came to the crease and struck two consecutive fours to see his side level the scores as Thisara Perera bowled poorly in the final over. Broad took a single and clinched the win by mistiming a ball to see Hurricanes spark off into wild celebrations while Renegades could only gasp in disbelief. Sunil Narine was the standout performer with the ball for Renegades.
Earlier in the day, Tim Paine won the toss and elected to field first. Melbourne Renegades came out all guns blazing as Captain Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris raced to 40 runs in the space of four overs. While Harris fell for 25, Finch continued his aggressive counter-attack to notch up another half century. He went on to score 63 runs off 40 balls and struck six boundaries in his innings to lay down an ideal start for others to tee off in the end overs. Cameron White also played a breezy innings of 34 runs while Tom Cooper was superb at the end as he scored an unbeaten 53 runs off 24 balls to see his side score 222 runs from 50 overs. Thisara Perera also chipped in big blows at the end to take Renegades into a commanding position at the half-way mark.
Hobart Hurricanes needed this win to stay alive in the competition and McDermott played a blinder of an innings to see his side stun Renegades in a high-scoring contest. Renegades will rue the fact that they could not defend such a big score after all the hard work done by the batsmen in the first half of the game.