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by Sandeep Shivam Thursday 12 January 2017
Hobart Hurricanes 223-8 (McDermott 114) beatMelbourne Renegades 222-4 (Finch 63) by two wickets24th match, Big Bash League, Docklands StadiumScorecard
Ben McDermott became the first batsman to notch a century in the 2016-17 season of Big Bash League as Hobart Hurricanes pulled out a record chase of 223 in the last delivery with two wickets in hand against Melbourne Renegades to keep their chance of making to the play-offs alive.
The victory would not have been possible without England pacer Stuart Broad (11 not out), who scored 11 runs off the final four deliveries to take Hobart Hurricanes through.
After a quiet start to the innings, Michael Harris (25) struck a six and a four in the second innings to get going. The Renegades raced to 37 for naught in the first four overs.
Daniel Christian (1-37) provided the initial breakthrough for Hurricanes when he had Harris caught at long on ending the 42-run opening stand. Renegades ended the powerplay at 54 for one.
Just when Hobart Hurricanes were gaining control, Aaron Finch (63) struck a six and a four in the 10th over to take Renegades to 90 for one. The Renegades captain completed his fifty in the 11th over, needing 33 balls for it.
The 12th over bowled by Jake Reed (2-54) saw Cameron White (34) plundering two sixes and a four but was dismissed in the final ball, caught at deep square leg.
Tom Cooper (53 not out) looked in ominous touch after he struck two sixes and three boundaries in the overs 14 and 15 which also saw Finch miscue a D'Arcy Short (1-18) delivery to the keeper.
It was total domination from Renegades in the final five overs where they smashed 66 runs from it to take Renegades to 222 for four in the 20 overs. Apart from Cooper's 22-ball fifty, Thisara Perera (28 not out) also contributed with a brilliant 11-ball cameo.
Hurricanes got off to a worst possible start when Tom Cooper (2-12) had Tim Paine (0) caught at deep midwicket in the third delivery of the innings.
Cooper further dented the chase when he castled Short (18) in the third over but McDermott (114) injected some momentum with a couple of sixes and boundaries to take Hurricanes to 48 for two after the powerplay.
A couple of tight overs from Renegades saw them concede just nine runs but they dropped George Bailey (59) as well. It was a matter of time before McDermott unleashed himself and struck three sixes in the next two overs to take Hurricanes to 87 for two at the halfway mark. In the process, McDermott also completed his fifty off 30 deliveries.
The 13th over bowled by Brad Hogg (2-45) saw McDermott scored a couple of boundaries and a six while James Pattinson (0-47) wasn't spared either as the 22-year-old scored two more sixes and fours to complete the fastest century in BBL which came in 47 deliveries.
McDermott fell when in the 16th over after trapped LBW by Sunil Narine (3-27) after which Hurrincanes needed 53 runs off the final 29 deliveries.
Christian (12) struck a six and a four in the 17th over to ease some pressure but Hogg removed him and Jonathan Wells (0) as Hurricanes needed 38 runs off the final 18 deliveries.
Even though, Bailey did his best to bring down the required run rate to 11 with two more overs to go, the penultimate over bowled by Narine saw the visitors lose Beau Webster (0) and Bailey. Perera (0-59) bowled the final over in which 16 runs were needed.
The first two deliveries saw only two runs being scored which also had Boyce (1) run-out. However, Perera conceded three wides in the next delivery and with 11 runs needed off the final three balls, Broad (11 not out) scored a couple and back-to-back boundaries to bring the equation down to one run off the final delivery.
The England spearhead maintained his calm and smashed a boundary off the final delivery to complete a record chase for the Hobart Hurricanes and more importantly kept their hope alive in the tournament.
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