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All-time record broken, then broken

12 January 2017
Stuart Broad hits the winning runs // Getty Images

The Hobart Hurricanes have broken a BBL record, set earlier in the night by their opponents, to beat the Melbourne Renegades and keep their season alive

Update: The new record!

Ben McDermott has smashed a blistering century to help the Hobart Hurricanes pull off a record-breaking Big Bash League win.

McDermott hit 114 off 52 balls - the second-highest score in BBL history - as the Hurricanes chased down a record target of 223 to beat the Melbourne Renegades by two wickets on Thursday night.

McDermott with one of the great knocks

With 16 needed from the final over at Etihad Stadium, Cameron Boyce was run out by Sunil Narine to give the Renegades hope of saving the game.

But England paceman Stuart Broad hit the winning runs to secure victory and keep the Hurricanes' season alive.

The 22-year-old McDermott belted nine sixes and eight fours before being trapped LBW by Narine, just three runs short of Luke Wright's BBL record score of 117.

Renegades spinners Brad Hogg and Narine each took wickets in quick succession to leave the game in the balance before Broad saved the win.

George Bailey made 59, while Narine took 3-27 for the Renegades.

Bailey's pitch-perfect second fiddle

The Renegades earlier looked well-placed after posting a BBL record 4-222, helped by half-centuries from Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper.

But they were soon overshadowed by McDermott's heroics.

The son of former Australian Test quick Craig McDermott was playing just his second game of the BBL season.

McDermott said he had felt under pressure early in his innings before some calming words from Bailey helped everything to click.

Umpires' Verdict: Renegades v Hurricanes

"Certainly (my best innings), by a long way," McDermott said.

"I've never got a hundred in Twenty20 cricket. To do it on the big stage was awesome.

"It's almost better just going into this big run chases. You've just got a bit of freedom to go really hard."

Renegades captain Finch had few answers for the turn of events after a strong start by his bowlers.

"The guys who bowled in the power-play did an amazing job. I couldn't ask any more from that start," he said.

"It's just the way it is. That's T20 sometimes. When you have a guy play an unbelievable knock like that ... hats off to him. That was an incredible display of hitting."

Earlier: The first record 

The Melbourne Renegades have scored the highest total in the Big Bash League to leave the Hobart Hurricanes in trouble.

Watch as the Renegades rain sixes

The Renegades posted 4-222 from 20 overs after being sent in to bat at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.

The record for the best BBL total was held by the Hurricanes, who scored 7-210 against the Brisbane Heat in 2013.

Finch smashes rapid-fire 63

Captain Aaron Finch hit his second straight half-century, scoring 63 from 40 balls, while Tom Cooper hit two sixes on his way to 53 from 24.

Cooper pummels Hurricanes with fast fifty

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

Fellow veteran Cameron White chipped in with an entertaining 34 with the Hurricanes bowlers offering little resistance.

White goes big than bigger

The seventh-placed Hurricanes must win to keep their finals hopes alive but would have hoped for more from the likes of Stuart Broad, who had 0-39 from his four overs.

Recalled pace duo Jake Reed and Sam Rainbird went for a combined 2-91.

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