Snubbed Wade continues hot streak as Hobart seal top spot
Matthew Wade responded to his latest Australia snub with another half-century as Hobart Hurricanes sealed top spot in the Big Bash League ladder with a 16-run win over Melbourne Renegades.
There was no place for Wade when Australia's white-ball squad for the tour of India was announced on Thursday, but the Hurricanes captain was certainly not feeling sorry for himself at Blundstone Arena later in the day.
The wicketkeeper-batsman's purple patch continued with a rapid 58 from 30 balls - the fourth time he has passed 50 in his last five knocks - as Hobart posted 183-6, Ben McDermott making an unbeaten 39.
Kane Richardson marked his Australia recall by taking two wickets, but the paceman's four overs cost 55 runs and it was Mohammad Nabi (1-22) who was the pick of the Renegades bowlers.
Aaron Finch's side were unable to secure a home semi-final, making 167-8 in reply, D'Arcy Short - called up for the start of the India tour as a cover for Shaun Marsh - and Jofra Archer taking two wickets apiece.
Qais Ahmad also struck twice on his BBL debut as Hobart ensured they will finish top with one match of the regular season to spare, booking a home semi-final next Thursday.
SKIPPER WADES IN AGAIN
Wade continued to lead by example with another blitz at the top of the order, putting on 87 for the first wicket with Short.
Short is the leading run-scorer in the tournament, but Wade is chasing his opening partner down after smashing four sixes in a brutal onslaught.
He struck Richardson for a six in the first over and also set about the Australia paceman in the third, dispatching him for a maximum over midwicket after driving him for four.
Wade slog-swept Nabi over the ropes and did the same to Cameron Boyce to bring up a 27-ball half-century, but Richardson removed both openers in the ninth.
MCDERMOTT TAKES BLOW AND DISHES ONE OUT
McDermott kept the Hurricanes ticking along and showed he is made from strong stuff after taking a blow to the throat.
The powerful batsman needed treatment when he attempted to scoop Harry Gurney for four, but the ball flashed off the bat and struck him below the helmet.
McDermott picked himself up to smack the next ball over midwicket for six.
Simon Milenko also made his mark with the bat, taking 20 off another costly over from Richardson - the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
SHORT SHOWS ALL-ROUND CREDENTIALS
Short will be selected primarily for his explosive batting if he gets his chance against India, but did damage with the ball against the Renegades with figures of 2-20 from four overs.
He was fortunate to remove Sam Harper before also seeing the back of Nabi to leave Melbourne four down for 81 in the 10th.
Archer (2-19) dismissed Test opener Marcus Harris for only three before Tom Cooper was one of two victims for teenage Afghanistan tweaker Qais, who took 2-34, figures somewhat spoiled when his spell ended with back-to-back sixes from Mackenzie Harvey.