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Wade makes up for worst review in history as Hurricanes roll Renegades, Thunder break duck to continue Stars' woeful run

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23rd December, 2023

Matthew Wade has blasted 82 as the Hobart Hurricanes overcame the Melbourne Renegades and some fielding restriction drama to notch a breakthrough Big Bash League win. 

After missing a game with back spasms, Wade’s 50-ball knock on Saturday night at Blundstone Arena got his side past Melbourne’s 5-183 with an over to spare and six wickets in the sheds.

Wade shared a 140-run partnership with Mac Wright, a late inclusion for Ben McDermott who copped a blow at training.

The veteran keeper submitted his entry for the worst DRS review in history when he encouraged opening partner Caleb Jewell to check with the third umpire early in the innings for an in-swinging full toss which was hitting the base of middle stump.

Wright played a support role early but finished with five sixes and five fours in his 36-ball 63. 

He faced all 12 balls of the power surge, which went for 39 runs, before being caught trying to clear the fence in the 13th over. 

Wade, who muscled nine fours and three sixes, was caught in the deep in the 17th over but by then the damage had been done.


“We needed that to get things kick-started. Hopefully we can get rolling now,” he said. 

Wade said he was about a 50/50 chance of playing before he got to the ground. 

“I got moving before I came to the ground. I hit up and it felt good to go, so I went for it,” he said. 

The Hurricanes are 1-2 from three games, while the Renegades are without a win from four matches. 

There was confusion late in the Renegades’ innings when a no-ball was called against Hobart quick Chris Jordan in the final over for an incorrect field. 

Under competition rules, teams are limited to four fielders outside the circle if they don’t bowl their overs in the allotted time.


Hobart’s Tim David told Fox Cricket he was under the impression the team had not gone over time.

“I dare say if we were told we needed an extra fielder in, we wouldn’t have bowled (with that field),” he said via the on-field mic.

“We were told the previous over the time on the scoreboard was wrong and we had until 8.45 (pm).

“The scoreboard said 8.43 and we bowled it, and it was a no-ball. Got to respect the umpire’s decision.”

Renegades allrounder Will Sutherland hit the ensuing free-hit for a boundary.

Earlier, imports Quinton de Kock (38 from 22) and Joe Clarke (38 from 25) got the Renegades off to a quick start after they were sent in to bat.


De Kock was in the groove inside the powerplay, hitting 21 runs, including two sixes, off speedster Riley Meredith’s second over. 

Melbourne were flying at 0-78 in the eighth over, before losing three wickets in four deliveries. 

Hurricanes spinner Paddy Dooley (2-32) got rid of de Kock and danger man Jake Fraser-McGurk for a first-ball duck in consecutive balls.

Nathan Ellis then clean bowled Clarke off the first ball of the next over. 

“(The wickets) held us back a bit from trying to play our natural game and being aggressive. It hampered us,” Clarke said. 

Jono Wells (40 not out from 24) and Aaron Finch (31 from 28) steadied before swinging freely late.


Finch didn’t field for the Renegades because of back soreness.

Thunder break duck by shooting past Stars

Daniel Sams has produced fireworks in the latter stages of both innings and Pakistan quick Zaman Khan also shone to propel the Sydney Thunder to a five-wicket BBL victory over the Melbourne Stars.

The Thunder prevailed despite a blistering allround performance from the Stars’ Beau Webster, who put up the outstanding batting and bowling performances of the match with 59 off 44 balls and 4-29, his best Big Bash League figures.

He was the first player in BBL history to score a half-century and take four wickets in the same game.

In a battle between two winless teams, the Stars were dismissed for 172 at the Lavington Sports Ground near Albury in country NSW.

They lost a wicket to each of the last four balls of the final over bowled by Daniel Sams (4-33 off four overs).


The left-arm quick took a return catch to dismiss Webster, had Usama Mir caught and completed a team hat-trick by assisting in a run out of Mark Steketee before bowling Liam Dawson (two).

With the Thunder needing 23 off as many balls to clinch victory, Sams (22no off 13) erased all doubts with a quickfire cameo and Nathan McAndrew, unbeaten on 13, settled the game with a six over long on with 10 deliveries remaining.

The win moved the Thunder up to fifth, while the Stars remained last, having won just one of 11 BBL matches in 2023.

Slingy quick Zaman (3-24 off four overs) bowled Glenn Maxwell and Hilton Cartwright with beautifully executed yorkers and was named player of the match.

“He prides himself on his death bowling, taking big wickets, bowling to big players as well,” Thunder captain Chris Green told Fox Cricket.

“He has that knack of just winning the game from nowhere, so I was really proud of his performance today, along with a number of members of our team.


“It’s still early in the tournament and (there were) a few things with the ball we could have done a bit better, and similar with the bat after our really good start.

“But a win’s a win and we’ll take that little early Christmas present.”

Webster was the only Star to build on a promising start after his side opted to bat first.

Captain Maxwell (30 off 26), Tom Rogers (21 off 16) and Hilton Cartwright (22 off 11) all looked dangerous early.

The Thunder looked to be cruising to victory after a punishing opening stand of 78 off 7.2 overs between Alex Hales (40 off 26) and Cameron Bancroft (30 off 20).

Englishman Hales smashed three sixes in an over off Stars debutant Steketee.


Webster dismissed both openers in the space of three balls then had the dangerous Ollie Davies (23 off 18) caught at mid off after he had cracked two fours and a six earlier in the over.

Alex Ross (17) fell to spinner Liam Dawson, who then took a great catch to dismiss Jason Sangha (19) to give Webster his fourth scalp.