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Hurricanes Sneak Past Fighting Sixers
A D’Arcy Short half-century alongside some big late hitting from middle-order batsmen George Bailey and Simon Milenko have safely steered the Hurricanes home against a plucky Sydney Sixers outfit at Blundstone Arena, in front of a joyous 12,920-strong home crowd.
Chasing 162 for victory on a good batting track – underneath some crazy Hobart skies after a long day of bushfires, strong winds and even light rainfall across the Greater Hobart area – the ladder-leading Hurricanes kept their unbeaten record intact, with the thrilling five-wicket victory that turned progressively tighter as the match progressed.
The inspiring win makes it a perfect ‘five from five’ start across just 13 days in BBL|08 for #TasmaniasTeam, before they hit the road for their next five away clashes in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.
Their next game back in Hobart is actually not until Tuesday afternoon 29 January in their return clash against fierce rivals the Brisbane Heat, after enjoying four straight home games between Hobart and Launceston.
On the same day of his axing from Australia's ODI squad for the upcoming series against India, Short hit 64 from 42 balls - including five boundaries and three sixes - to chase down the Sixers' 8-161 (20.0 overs) with one ball to spare to win yet another Big Bash Player of the Match Award.
Hefty blows from veteran George Bailey (30 from 17 including two sixes and two fours) got the Hurricanes into a position where they needed just five off the final over by Sydney's Ben Dwarshuis.
However, a revitalised Bailey was caught on the second ball of the last over to a diving effort from Moises Henriques setting up a tense finish.
Hobart snuck a two then a single with James Faulkner and Simon Milenko at the crease, before Milenko hit a leg-side boundary on the penultimate ball to secure victory.
The Sixers were left to rue some sloppy fielding including a catch off Short early in his innings, where Jordan Silk stepped outside the boundary before he could release the ball back infield.
Short was eventually bowled by Sean Abbott (2-29 from 4 overs) in the 15th over but the remaining side did enough to get home - with Matthew Wade scoring 15 for an opening 32-run partnership and Alex Doolan making a strong 26 off 23 balls and Ben McDermott 10 from 14 balls.
Short said his snubbing from Australia's One-Day squad provided "a little bit" of motivation.
"I'm very happy with the way I'm hitting them. All I can do is keep trying to score runs consistently," he said.
Tonight's knock puts Short at the top of the BBL run-scoring charts with 257 at an average of 51.40.
"He's a clean striker isn't he?," Sixers spinner Steve O'Keefe said of Short.
"He probably had a point to prove after missing out on the one-day stuff."
Earlier, Daniel Hughes top scored with 61 from 40 balls including five fours and two sixes while sharing a 67-run stand with skipper Moises Henriques to rescue the Sixers from a precarious 2-27 during the powerplay.
Hurricanes off-spinner Johan Botha inflicted early damage on his long-time former side, removing both openers Joe Denly and Justin Avendano, to finish with 3-22 from his four overs.
Botha returned in the 15th over to have Hughes caught in the deep when the Sixers were looking to launch to a big score around 170-180 while taking around 10 runs per over.
Henriques (31 from 24 balls) looked in good touch before he was run out by a piece of 'reverse panther' brilliance from Short off his own bowling.
Hughes and Henriques tried to sneak a bye after Matthew Wade fumbled but Wade recovered, flinging the ball to Short who backhanded the ball onto the stumps.
A surprised Henriques was caught several metres short and with his bat in the air.
Former Australia limited-overs player James Faulkner also picked up 3-36 from his four overs, including two scalps in the final over, after the undefeated Hurricanes won the toss and sent the Sixers into bat.
Star Hurricane Jofra Archer claimed 1-36 from his four overs - the dangerous Josh Philippe caught Doolan in the deep.
It was a solid 8-161 tally from the Sydney Sixers, but no match for the expert chasing tactics of the Hobart Hurricanes who hold the four best run-chase records in BBL history.