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Match Preview: Scorchers V Hurricanes

05 January 2020

After back-to-back defeats, the Hobart Hurricanes will be determined to bounce back against the Perth Scorchers on Sunday.

The Hurricanes will hit the road for three consecutive games – against the Scorchers, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder – which are crucial in the context of the season.

Both the Hurricanes and Scorchers enter the match with 2-3 records.

This is a big one for both teams.

Last time we met...

BBL|08 – Match 34 – 18 January 2019

The fireworks came late as the Hurricanes secured a four-wicket win with three balls to spare at Optus Stadium.

George Bailey starred with 69 off just 39 deliveries in the run chase, before James Faulkner shone with a late cameo of 28 not out off 20 balls.

Faulkner also collected three wickets, while Riley Meredith produced the impressive figures of 2-19 off his four overs.

The match-up...

Mitch Marsh v Riley Meredith

Scorchers skipper Mitch Marsh looms as one of the dangermen with the bat, particularly towards the back of the innings.

And that’s where Riley Meredith has done some of his best work this campaign.

The Hurricanes will hope to snare Marsh early – but if he’s set at the back of the innings, this contest looms as a big one.

The burning question...

Will the Hurricanes respond with the ball?

On a good batting wicket against a star-studded Brisbane Heat top-order on Friday night, the Hurricanes conceded 212 on their home turf.

There’s no doubt the bowling group will regroup and have plans in place to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

The Hurricanes will have at least one change after James Faulkner picked up a calf injury against the Heat, but with Scott Boland and Tom Rogers waiting in the wings there are some more-than-handy options to call on.

It’s a big game for...

D’Arcy Short

The superstar Hurricane gets one more game in purple before heading to India with the Australian ODI squad.

Short will be back from national duty towards the end of the tournament, but he’ll be determined to make a bang before he goes.

After getting a start against the Brisbane Heat, the Hurricanes will hope he can go large against a Scorchers side featuring many of his Western Australia teammates.