Hobart Hurricanes will chase an achievable 151 for victory against Melbourne Renegades in their pursuit of a BBL finals spot.
Sent in to bat, the last-placed Renegades were in trouble early at the MCG on Tuesday, but recovered to grind their way to 5-150 on the back of Beau Webster’s unbeaten half-century.
Openers Aaron Finch (6) and Shaun Marsh (12) were out cheaply as Hurricanes quick Riley Meredith (3-22) did the damage in the first five overs.
Finch’s horror season with the bat came to an end when he skied a catch to mid-on.
The Renegades and Australia T20 captain has averaged just 13.21 for the tournament, ahead of the national squad’s five-match tour of New Zealand in February-March.
Mackenzie Harvey (40 off 37) rode his luck through a dropped catch by Peter Handscomb and put on 63 for the fifth wicket with Webster, who made 54 not out.
The allrounder’s 35-ball knock included four fours and a six.
Hobart entered the match in sixth position after Brisbane’s win over Perth earlier on Tuesday and will guarantee a finals place if they win today.
The Renegades will finish last for the second straight season, two years after winning their only BBL title to date.