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Renegades hoping for Big Bash miracle

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Michael Ramsey

The Melbourne Renegades' quest to break their four-year Big Bash League finals drought is no longer in their hands.

But captain Aaron Finch isn't giving up hope things might still fall their way in the constantly unpredictable competition.

The Renegades looked like the safest of bets to defeat the Hobart Hurricanes when they posted a BBL record 4-222 after being sent in to bat at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.

But the record didn't last long, with a blistering century from Ben McDermott guiding the Hurricanes to a remarkable two-wicket victory.

For Finch, it was proof positive that anything can happen in the BBL, as the Renegades look to steal a spot in the finals despite having just two wins to their name with two games remaining.

"Obviously we have to win two and hope for a bit of luck," he said.

"Four wins could potentially get you in. Anything's possible. It's just one of those years where everyone seems to be beating everyone. But it's never ideal when you leave it in other people's hands and you still have to win yourself."

The sixth-placed Renegades will finish their season with away games against the Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat.

Finch said he was happy with his team's balance heading into the final stretch, with spinners Sunil Narine (3-27), Tom Cooper (2-12) and Brad Hogg (2-45) all performing admirably against the Hurricanes.

"It's something that we'll sit down and talk about," he said.

"I thought our spinners did an amazing job. I think our balance was alright, we just miss-executed and were on the wrong end of an extraordinary knock."

Finch again led from the front for the Renegades on Thursday night, top-scoring with 63 from 40 balls.

It was another impressive performance from the veteran, who responded to being dropped from Australia's one-day squad with 57 during the Renegades' loss to the Sydney Sixers on Monday.

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