Wade shines as Hobart secure top spot in points table
Matthew Wade stood out with his batting performance yet again as Hobart Hurricanes edged Melbourne Renegades by 16 runs in the 52nd match of the Big Bash League.
The in-form skipper Wade struck 58 from just 30 balls – including four sixes and six fours, in an 87-run opening stand with D'Arcy Short who made 28 from 23 balls – including three fours and one maximum.
The Hurricanes were flying at more than ten runs per over during the power play but the Renegades held back their opposition momentum when Kane Richardson removed Wade and Short in the space of three balls in the ninth over.
That sparked a collapse in the middle overs including the scalps of Caleb Jewell and George Bailey, before middle order batsman Simon Milenko struck some late blows.
Ben McDermott finished unbeaten on 39 after also playing a steadying role for the Hurricanes while Jofra Archer made just three off three balls and Clive Rose was not out eight from five balls.
The Renegades treated the Hurricanes pacemen with disdain early, racing to 1-70 off their own Power Play before the trio of spinners went to work during the middle overs.
Aaron Finch (35) and Sam Harper (20) kept Renegades in the chase after the early wicket of Marcus Harris, but the pair falling in successive overs pushed Renegades back. Qais Ahmad, the Afghanistan teenager, accounted for Finch on debut, making an excellent start to his BBL career.
Tom Cooper gave his side some hope with a handy 34-ball 44, but couldn’t create much of an impact as Renegades found themselves 16 runs short of the target.
Matthew Wade was declared man of the match for his 58 off 30 balls.