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December 24, 2019
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades
Venue: Blundstone Arena | Start: 2:45pm
Hobart Hurricanes – After an impressive first-up win the Hurricanes were decidedly poor in Sunday’s matchup against the Stars, and need to improve on all fronts should they want to knock off last season’s champs. The Canes were their own worst enemy in Moe, gifting the Stars an opening stand of 81 by dropping Marcus Stoinis (who would go on to score 81*) twice and bowling Nic Maddinson (40) off a no-ball. In the chase they were never in it, as unknown quick Haris Rauf ran riot with a five-wicket bag. It brings into focus the Hurricanes’ batting stocks. Despite prevailing in their first game, they posted just 9/129, while in the Moe clash they were skittled for 111 inside 16 overs. They need a far greater output from skipper Ben McDermott and big recruit David Miller.
While there was little to cheer about from the Canes front, young quick Riley Meredith has certainly flown the flag for his club. His superb 1-10 off four overs in their season opener was followed up with 3-27 on Sunday, and remains a strong shout to take the most wickets this season should he stay fit.
Melbourne Renegades – There were big positives in the Renegades’ loss to the Scorcher on Saturday night: Shaun Marsh (55 off 38) continued his strong start to the season in new colours while Aussie international Kane Richardson showed why he’s perhaps the most prized seamer in the competition with a four-wicket bag. But the fact of the matter remains that last year’s BBL champions are zero wins from two, and risk being further rooted to the wooden spoon position should they fail to get a result tonight in Hobart.
In saying that, it’s far from panic stations for Michael Klinger’s side. The result in Perth was one of those T20 anomalies where everything seemed to go right for the opposition, and despite this the Renegades forced themselves into the contest. Led by Aaron Finch and possessing one of the most experienced squads in the competition, the Gades’ know the 14-game season allows for some early slip-ups, providing they don’t become too big to overcome. And given the Hurricanes’ vulnerabilities with the bat early season, they’ll back themselves to expose those issues at Blundstone Arena.
Betting Analysis – The Canes made a habit of batting second last season at Blundstone, chasing down the opposition total in their first five games at home. Should they win the toss it’s almost certain they’ll look to bowl first. The smaller confines of the ground also allows for some high-scoring encounters – the Hurricanes chasing/posting over 180 twice in their seven games there in BBL08. Such is the average form of most of their top order, again look for D’Arcy Short in the individual markets. With the ball, Meredith too is the man. For the Renegades, Shaun Marsh’s form is difficult to ignore and while Harry Gurney went the distance in Perth, he rarely plays two poor games in a row.
Head to Head: Melbourne Renegades
Top Runs Scorer – Hobart Hurricanes: D’Arcy Short
Most Wickets – Hobart Hurricanes: Riley Meredith
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh
Most Wickets – Melbourne Renegades: Harry Gurney