Facing a strong Melbourne Stars outfit, the ‘Canes won the toss and elected to bat, sending out a new opening pair; Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott.
The move paid instant dividend – the pair took 25 off the first 2 overs including big sixes to both players. The duo moved through the first nine overs brilliantly, with McDermott assuming the aggressors role, bombing multiple sixes onto the hill to the delight of the crowd.
McDermott brought up an excellent 50 off just 28 balls before Wade fell to a good catch in the deep, contributing a very valuable 39 of 27 balls. With the ‘Canes well placed at 1-93, D’Arcy Short joined McDermott in a supporting role, and McDermott added a handful more before he was finally caught on 67, a superb knock that included eight boundaries.
At 2-115, Peter Handscomb joined Short, and the Hurricanes took the power play as Short assumed the attacking role. The powerful left-hander wasted no time in pushing the total along, cracking multiple balls to the fence before he was caught well on 26 of 24 balls.
Handscomb (12) departed shortly after to leave the Hurricanes 4-157, but Tim David was on hand to ensure the total reached more lofty heights. Though a couple of wickets fell around him, he added a quickfire 22 off just 12 balls to finish the game not out, and play a vital role in a final Hurricanes total of 6-180.
The Stars began their innings steadily, adding 37 runs off the first five overs before Tom Rogers made the breakthrough, removing Marcus Stoinis (18) courtesy of a brilliant catch by Tim David in the outfield.
Rogers was denied a hat-trick opportunity after Glenn Maxwell was dropped next ball, but the Stars captain didn’t last long, dismissed by another cracking catch in the deep by Harry Brook off the bowling of Riley Meredith.
At 2-55, the Stars had a decent foothold in the game, and the pair of Joe Clarke and Joe Burns continued to build on the foundation. An expensive over of 19 right before drinks gave the Stars momentum, but D’Arcy Short had Clarke stumped just as he reached his 50, removing the opener for a well made 52 off 40 balls.
3-110 became 4-112 when Nathan Ellis clean bowled Joe Burns with an absolute jaffa, before a tight over by Sandeep Lamichhane increased the pressure on the Stars, who needed 65 off the last five overs.
Any chance of a Stars victory was quickly snuffed out when Nathan Ellis had Andre Russell caught on 12, before Meredith almost had a sensational hat trick, removing Webster and Coulter-Nile in succession, both caught in the deep to have the Stars dead in the water at 7-148.
Tom Rogers finished the job with two wickets in the final over to cap off a sensational victory, with the Hurricanes winning by 24 runs to give the purple army an early Christmas present.
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