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Twitter Reactions: Short and Bailey help Hobart Hurricanes continue their unbeaten streak

George Bailey played another cameo of 30 runs from 17 balls to see his team over the finishing line.

D Arcy Short
D Arcy Short. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Hobart Hurricanes have turned out to be a brute force in this edition’s Big Bash League (BBL) as they won their fifth straight match against Sydney Sixers at Bellerive Oval in Hobart by five wickets. Moreover, they also have the best Net Run Rate (+0.772) among all the participating teams in the event. On the contrary, the Sixers, with their third defeat in six matches, are hanging midway in the points table.

Hughes takes charge

The Hurricanes won the toss and opted to field first, but the Sixers managed to rack up 161 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. The start wasn’t an auspicious one for the visiting team as off-break bowler Johan Botha accounted for the wickets of Joe Denly and Justin Avendano. However, Daniel Hughes and skipper Moises Henriques cobbled together a constructive partnership of 67 runs from 46 deliveries.

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Thereafter, both batters perished in quick succession. Hughes became Botha’s third victim after he scored 61 runs from 40 balls with five boundaries and a couple of sixes. Henriques succumbed to a run-out. Wicketkeeper Josh Philippe and Tom Curran flung their willows to propel the Hobart Hurricanes score. Apart from Botha, left-arm fast bowler James Faulkner got one wicket with Jofra Archer picking the other.

Hurricanes romp home  

The hosts started the run-chase in an impressive manner as skipper Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short put on 32 for the first wicket in 3.4 overs. Tom Curran drew first blood, dismissing the left-handed Wade, who scored 15 with a couple of fours. Alex Doolan joined Short in the middle and the duo stitched together another vital stand of 52 runs, after which Sean Abbot removed Doolan for 26 runs.

Nevertheless, Short carried on and scored a magnificent half-century off 33 balls. With Hobart needing 51 runs, Abbot removed Short, who ended up scoring 64 runs from 42 balls with five fours and three sixes. Ben McDermott perished after a laboured 10 at less than a run-a-ball. George Bailey played another cameo of 30 runs from 17 balls to see his team over the finishing line with one ball to spare.

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