Melbourne Renegades were the first team to beat the Hobart Hurricanes this season and will bid to complete the double when they head to Hobart on Thursday.
Both sides are already qualified for the finals but still have loose ends to tidy up. The Hurricanes (W9, L3) can guarantee home final with a win, while the Renegades (W8, L5) can confirm their top-two spot with a victory.
Head to Head
The Renegades have dominated the Hurricanes, leading 6-2 in the head to head record from the eight meetings between the sides. The Renegades have won six of the last seven clashes too following their six-wicket victory at Marvel Stadium. The Renegades have won on four of their five trips to Bellerive Oval.
Renegades have won six of the last seven matches against the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes have lost four of the five matches at this venue.
The visiting side has won five of the last six matches between these sides.
The Hurricanes have been the dominant team of the season, although two losses in their last three matches indicate that they are in beatable – something the Renegades proved in Melbourne with a six-wicket victory.
With Matthew Wade (487 runs) and D’Arcy Short (567 runs) taking turns to score in tons, the Hurricanes are at the top of their game. The bowling unit is equally impressive with James Faulkner (18 wickets) leading them.
The Renegades booked their finals’ spot with three consecutive wins. They are a team peaking at the right end of the tournament having won six of their last eight games, and look to have gained momentum at the right time.
While there hasn’t been any batsman aggregating above 300, three of them led by Sam Harper (279 runs) have been scoring runs at the right time. With the ball, it is the impressive Kane Richardson (22 wickets) leading the charge along with Cameron Boyce (12 wickets).
It will be a test of Hurricanes’ batting against the bowling might of the Renegades. While Wade and Short will look to pile more runs, Richardson and Boyce will look to make it tough for them. The Renegades might have the slight edge because of their recent record.
Prediction: Renegades win ($2.20 MadBookie)