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Match report: Hurricanes v Thunder

10 January 2022

Melbourne put on a show with some glorious weather to kick off our afternoon clash against the Thunder at the MCG.

Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott led the ‘Canes into the first innings with a slow start as a result of the tight bowling from Mohammad Hasnain, with just 0-2 off the first over.

Unable to find his feet from the start, Jewell was caught on four in the third over after trying to play a mis-timed shot off the back foot to mid-on, adding more pressure on McDermott to perform.

The pressure had no effect on McDermott as he looked to find the boundary just two balls after Jewell’s dismissal, leaving the Hurricanes 1-19 (3.0).

Captain Pete Handscomb came in settled at the crease, looking to create some much-needed stability in the top order and support McDermott in his quest for more runs.

Averaging on boundary an over, the boys really needed to turn up the heat to set a decent total in the opening half of the innings, sitting at 1-58 off 9.0.

It was McDermott who had taken the reigns once again, but it wasn’t meant to be as he was dismissed on 38 after being caught by Cutting in long-on.

Harry Brook made his way to the crease after a short break from the squad in relation to COVID safety precautions, but his return was short lived after being dismissed on just two runs off five balls.

With his wacky warm up complete, D'Arcy Short was ready to kick-start another solid innings with the bat, where he passed Glenn Maxwell to become the third highest all-time run scorer in the BBL.

Handscomb continued his form slowly, but a missed shot resulted in him being caught down the wicket and stumped by the keeper, where he kept walking towards the dugout in the 12th over.

All eyes were on Tim David as he made his way to the crease with the Hurricanes just 4-78, needing some power hitting to lift their total to a decent amount.

Three overs passed before the next boundary was found with Tim David finally getting into the groove of things, but it wasn’t a reflection of things to come as he was dismissed just three balls later.

In dire circumstances the ‘Canes found a late surge in the 17th over with Short hitting three consecutive boundaries to boost their total.

By the end of the innings the ‘Canes pushed to the total of 6-139, leaving the boys needing to produce a seriously strong defence.

Riley Meredith started with the new ball for the boys in purple, only conceding three runs in the first over of the innings.

Tom Rogers looked to work alongside Meredith, but two boundaries from Thunder boosted their total hard and fast, leading to some frustration from the boys as another two fours were conceded in the next over.

The Thunder were looking in form finding all the right gaps and with all the right timing to lead themselves to a comfortable position until the fourth over, where McDermott stumped Thunder, Matthew Gilkes.

It was then Alex Hales who brought the heat, with the runs ticking along. A dropped catch from David proved costly as the Thunder sat 1-84 off 13 overs.

The downfall continued for the ‘Canes as they struggle to find the necessary form to conquer Hales and Jason Sangha who were forming a very comfortable partnership.

Handscomb switched up the bowling attack bringing in David and Mitch Owen, but it was too little too late as the Thunder kept their momentum powering on.

There were eight boundaries in the final three overs of the match with seven of them coming off Hales bat, despite the Hurricanes best efforts.

The Thunder chased down the boys in purple by the 18th over, leaving much to be desired from the bowler’s attack.

Alex Hales was awarded Player of the Match for his 80* off 56 balls.


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Hobart Hurricanes Men

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