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Match Preview: Hurricanes v Thunder

11 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes will be desperate to turn their fortunes around, when they take on the Sydney Thunder at Sydney Showgrounds Stadium on Saturday night.

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Hurricanes, who have yet to record back-to-back wins.

The Hurricanes missed a trick with the bat in Thursday night’s five-wicket loss to the Brisbane Heat, after a strong performance the game prior against the Perth Scorchers.

This game against the Thunder is pivotal – a third consecutive away game before the team returns home.

Last time we met...

BBL|08 – Match 55 – 9 February 2019

It feels like forever ago.

In a rain-affected game, the Thunder got the points in Canberra.

A George Bailey half-century and significant contributions from Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott saw the Hurricanes post 4-165 from 19 overs.

Despite two wickets each to spinners D’Arcy Short and Qais Ahmad, the Scorchers were led to a four-wicket win by Callum Ferguson (47), Usman Khawaja (36) and Chris Green (34*).

The match-up...

Clive Rose v Alex Hales

Clive Rose has bowled well without a lot of luck this tournament and we’re hoping that’s about to change.

Alex Hales – alongside Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson – looms as one of the dangermen for the Thunder.

The big-hitting Englishman has one half-century and three other 20-plus scores this campaign.

When he gets in, he scores quickly – and Rose may be the man to strike an early blow.

The burning question...

What can the Hurricanes do in their batting power-play?

The batting powerplay has been hit and miss for the Hurricanes in BBL|09.

On occasions, it’s worked perfectly, with D’Arcy Short turning around two half-centuries and a century at the top of the order, assisted by cameos from the likes of Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott.

But it’ll need to work better than it did against the Heat, where the Hurricanes found themselves three down in the first six overs.

Matthew Wade picked up where he left off last year in his first BBL|09 game and will hoping he can form a strong partnership with someone in this crucial period.

It’s a big game for...

Ben McDermott

You just feel like he’s ready to take a game by the scruff of the neck.

 

Unfortunately, he was run out before he got the chance against the Heat.

 

But prior to that, McDermott helped smash the Scorchers in a devastating partnership with D’Arcy Short in Perth, and produce an entertaining cameo against the Heat in Hobart.

 

He scored runs at this ground last season and will be hoping for more of the same.