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Thunder strike late against Hurricanes

12 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes have gone down to the Sydney Thunder by four wickets in a final-over thriller at Sydney Showgrounds Stadium.

Alex Ross held his nerve at the end for the Thunder, as they chased down the Hurricanes’ 6-162 with two balls to spare.

The Hurricanes were sent in to bat and started promisingly.

Matthew Wade (16) and Caleb Jewell (31) put on a 36-run stand for the first wicket, with Simon Milenko (17) also making an impact inside the powerplay.

Jewell and Milenko fell between the seventh and 11th overs, paving the way for George Bailey at four to be the main man.

Bailey smashed 43 off just 30 deliveries, with Ben McDermott accelerating late to score 33 off 24.

A final-over cameo from Clive Rose (14 of five) saw the Hurricanes set a chase of more than eight runs per over.

In response, the Thunder got off to a flyer in the powerplay.

Alex Hales was the dangerman, with 55 off 36 deliveries, while Usman Khawaja (35) settled into his innings.

But after scoring at more than 10 runs per over in the powerplay, the wicket of Hales got the Hurricanes back into the game.

Rose (2-27) made the first breakthrough, with Scott Boland, Tom Rogers and Qais Ahmad then getting in on the act to reduce the Thunder from 0-96 to 4-118.

Ross (32 not out) saw the hosts home, with Chris Morris (17) also making an impact late with the bat.

The result leaves the Hurricanes with a 3-5 record after eight matches, ahead of a return to Hobart to host the Perth Scorchers on Monday night.