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Wade helps Hobart secure top spot in BBL

The Hobart Hurricanes have secured top spot on the Big Bash League ladder and a home semi-final with a 16-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.

Wade helps Hobart secure top spot in BBL

The Hobart Hurricanes have secured top spot on the Big Bash League ladder and a home semi-final with a 16-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.

MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at WACA in Perth, Australia.
MARCUS HARRIS of Victoria bats during the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at WACA in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

Matthew Wade responded to his latest national snubbing with a blistering Big Bash League half century as the Hobart Hurricanes locked up top spot and a home semi-final.

The in-form Wade, overlooked on Thursday for Australia's ODI squad for the upcoming tour of India, hit 58 from 30 balls to lead the Hurricanes to a 16-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.


It was the former Test wicketkeeper's sixth half century of the BBL season.

Chasing 184 to win, the Renegades flew out of the blocks before Hobart's unlikely spin duo of debutant Afghani Qais Ahmad and D'Arcy Short turned the screws.

The 18-year-old Ahmad (2-34) picked up a scalp in his first over, while Short underlined his all-round credentials with 2-20 off four overs, including a wicket maiden.

The Renegades treated the Hurricanes pacemen with disdain early, racing to 1-70 off the powerplay with Riley Meredith bowling three no-balls in a horror 10-ball first over that went for 23 runs.

But regular wickets halted their momentum.

Tom Cooper top scored with 44, while skipper Aaron Finch got 35 in a Renegades innings that never quite took off.

The win means the Hurricanes have top spot on the ladder and a home semi-final with a game to play.

The Renegades will finish inside the top four but their final position depends on other results.

Earlier, Wade smacked four sixes in an 87-run opening stand with Short (28 from 23) after the Hurricanes were sent in at Bellerive Oval.

He became the second player to pass 500 runs this tournament, behind Short, but denied his non-selection spurred him on.

"Not really. I think if you start batting for individual success then things don't go your way," Wade told FoxSports.

Wade's team mate Ben McDermott said his skipper was disappointed.

"He's probably at the top of his game to be fair. But it's just the way it is, there's some pretty good players running around at the moment."

Short reached a milestone of his own, breaking his record for the most runs scored in a BBL campaign - set at 572 last season.

He had a lucky break though, with the umpire not hearing an apparent edge off spinner Cameron Boyce.

The Hurricanes were flying at more than 10-an-over in the powerplay but Melbourne pegged back momentum when Kane Richardson (2-55) removed Wade and Short in the space of three balls in the ninth over.

It sparked a collapse of 3-10 in the middle overs.

Simon Milenko (27 from 14 balls) swung some lusty blows late, taking 20 runs off one Richardson over.

McDermott was unbeaten on 39, after playing a steadying role for the Hurricanes as they reached 6-183.

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