The Hobart Hurricanes return to Blundstone Arena tonight and will go head-to-head with the Perth Scorchers in a pivotal KFC BBL|09 clash.
The Scorchers and Hurricanes are locked in a congested BBL ladder, with tonight’s winner well placed to make a run at the finals.
The Hurricanes lost a last over heartbreaker against the Sydney Thunder on Saturday night, after failing to defend 162. Head Coach Adam Griffith has named an unchanged 13-man squad for tonight’s game.
Last time we met...
BBL|09 – Match 24 – 5 January 2020
D’Arcy Short’s unbeaten 103 anchored an eight-run win for the Hurricanes in Perth.
Despite 48 from Scorchers captain Mitchell Marsh and some late fireworks from Jhye Richardson (33* off 14 balls), the Hurricanes restricted the Scorchers to 8/172 from their 20 overs.
Nathan Ellis and Scott Boland picked up two wickets each at Optus Stadium, while Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith and Tom Rogers chimed in with one apiece.
George Bailey v Chris Jordan
Bailey bounced back from a disappointing outing against the Heat to top score with a strong 43 off 30 balls against the Thunder on Saturday night.
He’ll again loom as a key wicket for the Scorchers, who will hope for a stronger performance from English all-rounder Chris Jordan. Jordan struggled in his last game against the Hurricanes, going for 36 off his four overs and falling for one off the bowling of Qais Ahmad.
Both Bailey and Jordan have played at an elite level for a number of years, and shape as key contributors to their side’s success tonight.
The burning question...
Can someone in the top six turn a start into a big score?
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott and George Bailey all surpassed 30 in the Hurricanes’ loss on Saturday, with Bailey’s 43 the high mark.
If one of the top six can turn a start into a score of 70+, it will go a long way to a Hurricanes victory.
Only Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short have passed 50 during a game this season, and with Short away on Australian duties, the responsibility falls on other batsmen to keep the scoring rate ticking over.
It’s a big game for...
The South African power hitter is yet to fully unleash on opposition bowling attacks, but has the ability to win a game off his own bat.
We saw a glimpse of his talents in the Hurricanes seven wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades, as he belted two sixes en route to an unbeaten 25 off 15 deliveries.