BBL 7, Match 13 Review: D’Arcy Short misses out a century as Hurricanes record 9-run win
The Hurricanes emerged victorious by a margin of 9 runs at the end of the overs.
Updated - Jan 1, 2018 5:14 pm
The first doubleheader on the opening day of the new calendar year witnessed a flurry of runs on both sides with 369 runs scored in total by both the outfits battling it out for glory in a nail-biting clash. The Hobart Hurricanes emerged victorious by a margin of 9 runs at the end of the overs.
Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson elected to bowl first expecting his batsmen to chase down any target demanded from them on the back of English batsman Jos Buttler’s heroics with the willow in the last clash. The plan seemed to be working quite well after opener Doolan surrendered meekly in the 5th over after being beaten by the pace of bowler Gurinder Sandhu.
However, Matthew Wade and opener D’Arcy Short stitched a fine partnership between the two leading the outfit on to a score of 86 in 12 overs before Wade was deceived off a googly by Fawad Ahmed. D’Arcy Short decided to let all hell lose thereon smashing an entertaining 97 off 63 balls with middle-order batsman Ben McDermott himself contributing with a 25 ball 49 leading the Hurricanes to a formidable target of 189 with Short nearly scoring his first ever T20 ton ever during the course of the innings.
Buttler’s heroics fail to clinch the deal
The Sydney Thunder seemed to be cruising to the total after a fine opening partnership by openers Kurtis Patterson and Jos Buttler who smashed 69 off just 7 overs before the former lost his wicket in search of a non-existent run.
Patterson’s dismissal also seemed to not have any impact on the Thunder run-chase with captain Watson scoring a mature knock of 36 off 31 balls. A flurry of wickets in the form of reliable middle-order Callum Ferguson, Ben Rohrer knocked the wind out of the Thunder’s who fell short by 9 runs in pursuit of a win.
Hobert Hurricanes: 189/3 after 20 overs (Short 97; McDermott 49, Ahmed 1/27)
Sydney Thunder: 180/8 after 20 overs (Buttler 81; Watson 36; Boyce 2/14)
Result: Hurricanes win by 9 runs
Man of the Match: D’Arcy Short