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Hurricanes fall to Lahore Qalanders in Abu Dhabi T20 Opener

06 October 2018

The Hobart Hurricanes - featuring several potential stars of the next generation alongside a hatful of international talent has fallen to Pakistan Super League side Lahore Qalandars in Abu Dhabi overnight.

Set 182 for victory at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the Hurricanes kept in touch early before the scoreboard pressure began to mount and eventually took its toll with Hobart falling 35 runs short.

Recent BBL signing, Johan Botha 0/21 (4), and 24-year-old quick Nathan Ellis 1/22 (4) led the way with the ball whilst skipper for the tournament, Charlie Wakim, was top scorer with the bat with 43 from 36 deliveries.

Each of the Hurricanes imports for the tournament showed some promising signs with Jerome Taylor's key middle overs, Ben Duckett's fast start to the innings and Jordan Clark's all-round game which saw him feature in five of the six wickets taken - through two of his own, two catches and a run out.

Some loose deliveries at key moments with the ball could've been expected from a young Hobart outfit which have come through the Hurricanes Academy together but through Botha and Ellis, the Qalandars struggled to really dominate throughout. 

They did keep wickets in hands though, and some free-handed late hitting lifted Lahore to 181, a total which was looking tough to eclipse with the well drilled Qalandars' majority spin attack.

Charlie Wakim anchored the first half of the innings beautifully but when he fell, going for a reverse sweep too many, Hobart's innings failed to gather threatening momentum once more. 

The result means the Hurricanes will not advance from the pool stage, with Lahore already defeating the Yorkshire Vikings the previous night at the same venue. 

They will however fight to finish second in the pool when they face the Vikings today from 5pm AEST. Keep your eyes peeled to the Hurricanes Twitter account for livescoring.