BBL 2022-23 – Shadab Khan, Riley Meredith conjure remarkable Melbourne Renegades victory

Hobart Hurricanes 122 (Moody 3-16, Hosein 3-29) beat Melbourne Renegades 114 (Sutherland 40, Meredith 3-12, Shadab 3-20) by eight runs

Hobart Hurricanes defied the BBL suspension of captain Matthew Wade and a late flurry with the bat from Will Sutherland to upset the Melbourne Renegades by eight runs.

After being rolled for 122 in 18 overs at Blundstone Arena on Saturday, Hurricanes dismissed Renegades for 114, Sutherland almost dragging his side over the line.

He crunched 40 off 29 balls down the stretch after the Renegades slumped to 77 for 8 before holing out to Jimmy Neesham in the deep off Joel Paris in the 20th over to seal victory for the undermanned hosts.

Wade was handed a one-game suspension for incurring three code of conduct breaches within 18 months. The charges in that period relate to two instances of using of an audible obscenity and one instance of abuse of cricket equipment.

Wade’s absence saw Nathan Ellis promoted to the captaincy and ex-Test skipper Tim Paine selected for his first BBL game in almost five years.

In-form captain Nic Maddison fell for a duck off the second ball of the reply as Renegades’ chase went from bad to worse.

Jono Wells did his best to hold the middle order together in the face of the assault led by Riley Meredith and Shadab Khan, before Sutherland almost pulled off a late miracle.

Earlier, Hurricanes paceman David Moody ripped Hurricanes’ top order apart before spinner Akeal Hosein did the damage to the lower order.

Neesham dominated the powerplay, smoking a rapid 28, before his exit sparked a throng of wickets. Moody sent the off stump of Caleb Jewell cartwheeling with one of the deliveries of the tournament before Shadab succumbed to a stunning outfield catch by Jake Fraser-McGurk.

Ellis tried to steady the sinking ship late before he became the second victim of West Indian powerhouse Andre Russell, playing his last game of the tournament.

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