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Aaron Finch set the tone of Renegades’ chase with a quickfire 42 © Getty
Melbourne Renegades ended Hobart Hurricanes’ unbeaten streak – that stretched through five games – courtesy a far superior collective top-order performance that was enough to nullify the rescue act put in by George Bailey (70 not out) and Ben McDermott (50) in a 102-run stand.
Renegades asked the Hurricanes to bat first and had them in all sorts of trouble at 11 for 3 in the third over. Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short and Alex Doolan departed for single-figure scores and left their middle-order with a lot to do in their pursuit for recovery.
McDermott and Bailey took up the challenge and amassed a tall partnership, but that only took them as far as 145 for 5 in 20 overs.
Mackenzie Harvey fell in the third over in the chase but the four batsmen to follow stood tall and saw off any potential for a collapse. A 64-run second-wicket stand between captain Aaron Finch and Sam Harper set the chase up, a couple of short stands of 15 and 28 runs kept it going, before Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian took the team home with an undefeated 33-run partnership.
Brief Scores: Hobart Hurricanes 145/5 in 20 overs (George Bailey 70*, Ben McDermott 50; Kane Richardson 3-38) lost to Melbourne Renegades 150/4 in 19.2 overs (Aaron Finch 42, Sam Harper 32; Clive Rose 1-15) by 6 wickets