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Renegades bowl through struggling Hurricanes

The Melbourne Renegades have continued their unbeaten streak in the Big Bash League, with a massive 7 wicket win over the struggling Hobart Hurricanes.

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Renegades celebrate wicket. Credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

West Indian Marlon Samuels took 3 wickets and assisted 21 runs towards board, to help the Renegades easily overcome the Hurricanes 101. Renegades skipper Aaron Finch also smashed 45 runs to go on the Renegades total.

On the other hand, the Hurricanes put up an awful batting performance, barely managing 101 runs at a run rate of just 5.14.

Birthday boy Ricky Ponting looked promising for the Tasmanian side, leading the way after an average batting effort against the Stars. Pulling 3 quarters of his sides boundaries, Ponting hit his way to 25 before being bowled by Murali whilst attempting an adventurous reverse sweep.

Melbourne’s bowling attack was consistent, Rimmington, O’Brien, Muralidaran and Samuels bowling well to the struggling Hurricanes. 8 of the 11 Hobart batsmen only managed a score under 10 runs, most batting like they had 2 more days of test cricket ahead.

Travis Birtt followed the long line of Hurricanes heading towards the sheds, a miss-hit sent the ball high barely missing the Docklands Stadium roof, to be caught by a diving Daniel Harris in the outfield.

Crowd favourite Muthiah Murakidaran took 2 wickets and Nathan Rimmington took 3. The Renegades were relentless with their consistent and accurate bowling attack on Hobart.

Tensions were high as the players returned to the field, Ricky Ponting being particularly vocal, happily niggling the Renegades batsmen. However Pontings efforts paid off at the end of the second over, Daneil Harris cutting towards an awaiting Jason Krejza at point.

Man of the moment Marlon Samuels, was the next Renegade to take his swing at the Hurricanes. Samuels hit 21 in just 9 balls before being sent back towards the sheds, at the hands of Michael Hogan.

Aaron Finch could’ve had his first 6 of the game, a massive hit towards the top deck was controversially disallowed, the ball hitting the Etihad roof, strictly requiring a dead ball. However, that didn’t stop the Melbourne captain from continually adding on the runs, hitting 5 boundaries to lead his side to victory.

Ben Rohrer was bowled middle stump in the seventh over on 18, Tom Cooper his replacement added another 10 to the Renegades 7 wicket win.

The boisterous Renegades face the Heat in Melbourne on Saturday whilst the Hurricanes head home to face the Thunder at home on Sunday.

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