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The Report by Alex Malcolm
January 1, 2014
Melbourne Renegades 8 for 162 (Finch 50, Hill 40, Laughlin 3-16) beat Hobart Hurricanes 111 (Pattinson 4-24) by 51 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
James Pattinson's return has ignited the Renegades title ambitions after he tore through the Hobart Hurricanes top-order to help his team to their second successive victory.
Pattinson celebrated his recall to national ranks with a four-wicket haul as the Renegades comfortably defended 162.
He bowled with typical pace and aggression and found a terrific length and line on a slightly tacky surface at Blundstone Arena.
Pattinson's first over of the innings cost just one run as Hurricanes openers Ben Dunk and Shoaib Malik tried to adjust to his pace. Dunk fell to Matthew Gale in the second over trying to make up for the four dot balls he faced off Pattinson.
The Hurricanes slumped to 3 for 10 six balls later as Pattinson found himself on a hat-trick. He nipped one back off a length to scratch the inside edge of Malik's bat as the Pakistan international attempted to drive on the up. Pattinson then produced extra bounce and some away movement to account for Owais Shah who was well held at first slip by Aaron Finch.
Jonathan Wells was not intimidated, however, as he allowed the hat-trick ball to pass harmlessly through to the keeper before striking three successive boundaries to finish the over.
Wells and Travis Birt produced a brisk counter-attack to get the chase momentarily back on track but the early damage left them with too much to do.
Nathan Rimmington, Aaron O'Brien, and Muttiah Muralitharan again squeezed their opponents through the middle overs. All three conceded less the six runs-an-over with Rimmington and Murali collecting two wickets each as the Hurricanes batsmen were forced to play big strokes to keep up with the required rate.
The Renegades also caught well in the outfield. Tom Cooper took two catches late in the innings off the bowling of Pattinson who was named Man of the Match.
Earlier, Aaron Finch continued his superb form combining with Michael Hill for 93-run opening stand to set up the winning total.
The Renegades looked set for a big score as Finch and Hill found the boundaries at will to race to 90 after nine overs. But the innings turned south on the back of some very skilful bowling from Ben Laughlin. He removed Finch with some extra bounce, before Hill was run out four balls later over-eager to get on strike.
The Renegades lost 8 for 72 from their last 11 overs of the innings. Doug Bollinger picked up two wickets in the 19th over and Laughlin two more in the 20th.
But despite the bowlers' best efforts, 162 proved far too many for the Hurricanes to handle.
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