Jofra Archer helps Hobart Hurricanes clinch home Big Bash semi-final

Aaron Finch is due to go big

Aaron Finch is due to go big

Jofra Archer took two wickets as the Hobart Hurricanes secured a home semi-final in the Big Bash with a 16-run win over Harry Gurney's Melbourne Renegades.

It was the 52nd game of BBL 2018/19 at Bellerive Oval (Hobart).

The third-placed Renegades have included Test opener Marcus Harris at the expense of Beau Webster.

At the end of the first over of that innings, Renegades scored 23/0.

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Meredith, a 22-year-old Australian fast bowler, gave Hurricanes the worst possible start to their defense of a 184-run target as he conceded 23 runs in the first over of the innings. But his next ball changed his rhythm of that over. Finally, he delivered a legitimate ball in the next delivery where Aaron Finch snatched another single.

Only one run came off his first three deliveries, but then he overstepped on his fourth and went on to concede five wides, five no-balls, five more no-balls and a single before completing the over with another single and four leg-byes, his final analysis being 1-0-19-0. Riley Meredith bowled three no-balls and conceded 5 wides in the 1st over and finished with figures of 1/43 in his 3-over spell.

Meredith will be relieved that the rest of the bowling attack stepped up when required to defend the Hurricanes' score of 183-6 by restricting the Renegades to just 167-8 in their 20 overs, which was 16 runs too few.

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