Hurricanes Bouncing Back

Tim Paine
Tim Paine is aiming for another man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday night. Image courtesy of

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Hurricanes v Renegades

Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Wednesday January 7 – 6:10 PM (AEST)




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The Hobart Hurricanes are looking for their first pair of back-to-back victories on Wednesday (AEST) when they host the Melbourne Renegades .

The 2014/2015 Big Bash League is more than halfway through the season, and the only team who look to have guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals is the Adelaide Strikers . The Hurricanes are struggling to recapture the form that saw them defy all odds and make it through to the Final last season. A 52-run victory over the Stars in Round 1 had everyone believing this could be their year, shortening to $4.25 favourites in the futures market. But after back-to-back losses against the Sixers and the Strikers, things all of a sudden seemed bleak in Tassie. But then on Friday in their six-wicket victory over the Heat, opening batsman Tim Paine put in a man-of-the-match performance to steer the Hurricanes' season back on track, smashing 55 from 25 balls. 

Melbourne has just one win this season and is at risk of dropping out of finals contention all together. The last-place Renegades have been smashed by the Sixers, Scorchers and Stars this season, and if it wasn’t for an eight wicket victory over the Thunder at the end of December, they might already have missed their chance at winning a maiden Big Bash trophy . On Saturday in the Melbourne Derby against the Stars, they were embarrassed on the pitch, managing only 57 runs in 12 overs. The usually dependable Aaron Finch failed to lift his team when fellow opener Matt Wade was caught by a Jackson Bird special, reaching just eight before he was caught by keeper Tom Triffit when a sweep shot went awry. If the Renegades hope to make it to their second semi-final in four years, they need their inspirational captain to step up.

The Renegades love to play the Hurricanes, having won two of their past three meetings, including a 51-run victory in Tasmania last season. But with the form Melbourne are in, Hobart head into Wednesday’s clear favourites and continue to garner attention in the Most Sixes market. 



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