The final day of BBL10 has finally arrived as we head to the Adelaide Oval for a cricket fan’s idea of heaven – a triple header on Australia Day!
The second match of the day will see the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Renegades as the men in purple search for a win to guarantee themselves a place in the finals.
The Renegades will be playing for pride as their dismal season draws to a close. Can Aaron Finch finally make a score or will his horrible streak continue? The skipper will need to lift his game if his side are to cause an upset here.
As mentioned, the Hurricanes hold their own fate in their hands and can secure a finals spot with a win here this afternoon. The ‘Canes come into this in super form after pulling off an enormous win against the ladder-leading Sydney Sixers.
Matt Wade and D’arcy Short finally got amongst the runs as they posted a massive 145 runs to open the batting and get the chase off in the best way possible. The fact that Wade has finally got a score, and looked in good touch doing so, gives The Wolf confidence he can continue this here.
He comes up against a bruised and battered bowling attack who have been smashed around by every team they’ve come up against. With the end of the season so close for the struggling Melbourne team, they might dig in for one last big effort but the class and desperation of the Hurricanes will shine through.
Strong performers have been few and far between all season for the red of Melbourne but there has been one man who has continually fought hard and performed well. Marsh has been consistent all season at the top of the order and will be looking forward to helping his side to a win to finish the season.
In such a thin batting lineup, Marsh will have every opportunity to pile on the runs and will need to shoulder the load if Finch goes early once again. Marsh has scored 30 runs or more in six of his last seven innings against the Hurricanes. That’s an incredible stat and tells us all we need to know about how much Marsh enjoys playing against this team.
Some might say this is an extremely rare pick from The Wolf but Harvey looks a solid chance in an already thin batting order. If the big wickets up top fall early, Harvey will get every opportunity to put in a big score this afternoon.
Besides the fail in his last match, Harvey had passed 20 runs in his last three innings, including a top score of 47. He clearly has the talent to be competitive at this level and at the price on offer, he isn’t the worst pick.
With many injuries and players being swapped in and our of the Renegades regularly, there is now a huge chance for the youngsters to make a name for themself, and Harvey is slowly doing that for the men in red.