Hobart Hurricanes hold on in a tight contest against Melbourne Renegades in WBBL06

 Hayley Matthews.
Hayley Matthews.

After a heartbreaking weekend of close losses, the Hobart Hurricanes found themselves on the right side of a tight contest as they kept their WBBL06 hopes alive on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes collected a nine-run win over the Melbourne Renegades at Blacktown, after the Renegades finished at 5-134 chasing Hobart's 7-143.

Tasmanian Courtney Webb was almost the villain in the piece for the Hurricanes with a quickfire 32 from 25 balls for the Renegades, but her dismissal ended the contest.

Belinda Vakarewa claimed her wicket and an almost trademark opening over wicket [of Carly Leeson] to have the Renegades on the back foot from the start.

Hayley Matthews was outstanding with the ball with 2-19 from her four overs of off-spin in a great all-round performance after making 20 from 25 with the bat.

Nicola Carey [1-24 from four overs] was the Hurricanes' other wicket-taker.

Earlier, Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg got Hobart off to a flying start with a 41-run opening stand in 4.1 overs, before Stalenberg [15 from 12] departed and momentum was further lost when Erica Kershaw could manage just six from 11 balls after being promoted to number three.

Priest top-scored with 42 from 37, with Chloe Tryon powerful with 36 from 23 to joining Matthews as a key contributor, with Sasha Moloney's unbeaten 10 from six vital as wickets fell late.

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