The Hobart Hurricanes have kept their finals hopes alive with a stirring 57-run win over the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on Friday night.
The Hurricanes posted 6/185, with Matthew Wade (56) and Mac Wright (64) the key contributors. Despite missing out with the bat, man-of-the-match D’Arcy Short was the game-changer with ball in hand, taking 5/21.
The Thunder were dismissed for 128, which saw the Hurricanes jump to fifth place on the KFC BBL|09 table.
The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat, with the opening pairing of Short and Wade reuniting.
But it did not last long, after Short was knocked over for a duck in the first over by Arjun Nair (2-19).
Wade and Wright continued to build and finished with a 97-run partnership.
Their stand was broken in the 11th over, when Wade (56 off 34) was dismissed by Daniel Sams.
Sams finished with figures of 4/34, after claiming the wickets of Wright, Ben McDermott and George Bailey.
Bailey (29 off 9) provided plenty of fireworks in his final regular season game at Blundstone Arena.
James Faulkner struck in his first match back, dismissing Usman Khawaja in the third over.
Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson stabilized Sydney’s innings with a 46 run partnership, before Ferguson fell in the eighth over to Scott Boland.
The Thunder collapsed in the back half of their innings, losing 8/28.
Bailey brought the house down with a catch at deep backward square leg in the 16th over and Alex Ross’s (36 off 27) night came to an end in the 17th.
Sydney were bowled out for 128 runs in the 18th over.
The Hurricanes will play their final game of the regular season against the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on Sunday 26 January at 6:40pm.