The Hobart Hurricanes Academy squad have wrapped up their New Zealand trip today, falling short of what would have been a second win over the Auckland Aces at Eden Park.
The Academy side won their first match yesterday, on the back of some terrific efforts with both bat and ball.
Losing the toss and being sent into bat, the Hurricanes Academy put together 6-172 from its 20 overs, thanks largely to an excellent innings from Caleb Jewell, who hit 94 not out from 65 balls at the top of the order.
Sean Willis was also a solid contributor, hitting 26 from 15 deliveries for the visitors.
Capturing two Auckland wickets in the powerplay was key for the Academy side, which controlled the tempo of the game for most of the second innings to restrict the Aces to 7-164 in reply and took out an eight-run win.
Aaron Summers bowled with serious pace and was rewarded with two wickets, while Clive Rose also picked up a couple of scalps.
After again losing the toss today and being asked to bowl first, the Hurricanes Academy found the going a bit tougher against an Auckland side which was well backed by the strong crowd which turned out to watch the game.
WATCH: Hurricanes Academy captain Charlie Wakim speaks to hobarthurricanes.com.au after today's game
Three Aces batsmen passed 50 as the hosts piled up 4-208 from their allotted overs.
Rose was again the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-28 from his four overs.
The Hurricanes Academy seemed in contention to pull off a miraculous run chase, after Caleb Jewell and Jake Hancock put on an 81-run opening stand.
But the loss of Hancock (29 from 19) and Jewell (55 from 32) in quick succession put the breaks on the visitors and the Aces bowlers were able to make regular breakthroughs from that point on, restricting the Academy to 7-183.
A commendable effort which ensured the crowd of approximately 1000 people got their money’s worth.
The Hurricanes Academy squad and Cricket Tasmania would like to thank Auckland Cricket for being such wonderful hosts and look forward to returning the favor in future.