It will be a basement battle between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League when they sides meet at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday.
The Renegades are bottom of the points tally with just two wins in 11 matches (W2, L9). However, both their wins have come in the last two fixtures, as the defending champions look to trip up the playoff hopes of some of the other sides.
The Hurricanes have seven points from 11 matches (W3, L7, NR1) and theoretically still have a qualification chance. However, with just one win in their last five games, they are close to being dumped out of the competition.
After a season of disappointment, the Renegades have picked up two straight wins. It remains to be seen if they can improve from here on, and the onus of that falls upon Shaun Marsh (393 runs, SR 118.37) and Beau Webster (354 runs, SR 142.16).
With the ball, leg-spinner Cameron Boyce (11 wickets, ER 7.21) has been enjoying his time under the sun. That said, with everyone else only chipping sporadically, the Renegades look a side that can only win occasionally.
After a great start to their season, the Hurricanes have lost their way and look on the verge of crashing out. The absence of D’Arcy Short hasn’t been filled by their usual suspects, although David Miller got into form with a sparkling 90* in the latest match.
Their bowling attack has struggled of late with Qais Ahmed’s form dwindling (11 wickets, ER 8.02). Scott Boland has ten wickets in just six matches, but all in all the Hurricanes have been struggling with their effectiveness.
This had all the makings of a faceoff for the playoff when the schedule was announced, but it is a bit of shame that come the business end of the season it is the bottom two side meeting. The Renegades have won two on the bounce, but the second one was a gift from Brisbane Heat. The Hurricanes are in no better shape themselves, so picking up a winner in this match is a tough ask.
History & Statistics
- The Hurricanes have won their last two H2Hs, but have lost two of three at this venue.
- The Renegades have won four of five H2Hs while chasing.
- The Renegades have scored the highest in powerplay in six of their 11 matches.
- The Renegades have conceded 5.36 sixes per game this season, while the Hurricanes have conceded 4.90.
Sam Harper hasn’t really kicked off for the Renegades this season, but has scores of 73, 0, 5, 52, 21 (latest) in his last five matches. Once he crosses the single digits, expect him to thrive.
It has been a season of disappointment for Miller, but he sprung to life with a spectacular 90* off 48 balls against the Strikers. Has the innings given him the right impetus to kick-on and deliver again?
Back the Renegades to score the highest in first 6 overs @ 1.90 BE
Back the Renegades to score the most 6s @ 1.72 (bet365).
Back Boyce to take over 1.5 wickets @ 2.75 (Ladbrokes).