That’s right, Canes fans, we’re still in the mix. After a haphazard season defined by gritty determination, shattered records and a few magical moments, our Hobart Hurricanes find themselves in finals contention and a shot at BBL|06 glory.
Maths can be a fickle friend at time but the numbers don’t lie: we could finish either third or fourth should we post a big win and the Sixers fall foul to the Stars. A 34+ run victory or chase within 16.1 overs would catapult us into third place, whilst a 30+ run win or successful chase score under 16.4 overs will see us sneak into 4th position.
Standing in our path are the Perth Scorchers, the BBL’s most successful club. Boasting two championships and five consecutive finals series, the Scorchers have been the competition’s pace setters since BBL|01, but they’ve never faced a Hurricanes outfit like this. Fresh from their record-breaking victory over the Melbourne Renegades, our Hurricanes will be chomping at the bit to knock the westies over and seal a place in the BBL|06 semi finals.
Average Batting Innings – 151.3
Average RR – 7.57
Average Wickets taken in innings – 6.9
We’re a pretty amicable bunch down in Hobart, but any mention of the Perth Scorchers is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouth of any Hurricanes fan. We may have won our first two games against the Scorchers but the men from the west have had our measure for the past 3 seasons, including a heartbreaking loss to the Scorchers in the BBL|03 Final. History shows that the Scorchers have dominated proceedings off the back of their aggressive bowling contingent but with everything to play for and the chance to knock our fancied rivals out of finals contention, our Hurricanes will be out to leave a lasting impression on BBL|06 with a big win this afternoon.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers
Wins – 2
Losses – 4
Best Batting v Scorchers – Tim Paine - 74 off 57 (Jan 1, 2013 at Blundstone Arena)
Best Bowling v Scorchers – Tim Bresnan – 3-18 (Jan 11, 2015 at Blundstone Arena)
Player to watch – Ben McDermott
There’s no two ways about it - Benny Mac was absolutely outstanding against the Melbourne Renegades last week. Following on from his solid 31 on debut against the Thunder, the Hurricanes rookie blasted the 2nd highest BBL score in history with a match-winning 114 off only 52 deliveries – including nine sixes and eight fours – to steer the Canes to a recording-breaking victory and keep their finals dream alive. If there’s a player we’d love to see fire at Blundstone tonight, it’s Ben McDermott.
Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes
Wins – 4
Losses - 2
Best Batting v Hurricanes – Simon Katich – 66 off 4 (Jan 1, 2013 at Blundstone Arena)
Best Bowling v Hurricanes – Ben Edmonson – 4-40 (Dec 18, 2011 at WACA Ground)
Player to watch – Andrew Tye
Perth’s bearded assassin has proven himself a match-winner in recent weeks and looms as a potential game-breaker at Blundstone Arena. The pace-bowling Tye claimed the BBL’s second ever hat-trick against the Brisbane Heat earlier this month and has picked up nine wickets in BBL|06 thus far. Also, he’s a handy pinch-hitter and will bring a bagful of confidence into tonight’s game after making an impressive 42 off 33 deliveries against the Stars last week. Could he be the difference tonight?
We’ll find out later tonight!!