The Hobart Hurricanes Academy side fell just short of their second win in the quadrangular Academy series yesterday, falling short against the Sydney Thunder Academy by two runs.
The Thunder Academy won the toss and elected to bat first, with Nick Buchanan making the early breakthrough for the Hurricanes Academy.
After the early loss, the Thunder Academy recovered and made their way to 4-161. Jordan Gauci was the standout with 77 not out, while Ben Rohrer also chipped in with 34 off just 18 deliveries.
Hamish Kingston was the pick of the Hurricanes Academy bowlers, taking 3-37 from his four overs. Buchanan claimed an economical 1-18 from three overs.
The visitors got off to a disastrous start in reply, losing Charlie Wakim (2) and Caleb Jewell (0) in the early stages.
Sean Willis showed plenty of class, resurrecting the innings with a fine 59 from just 39 deliveries.
Batting with the lower order, Willis got the Hurricanes Academy within touching distance of victory, finding the assistance of Clive Rose (31 off 26) and Cameron Boyce (27 off 17) along the way.
It wasn’t to be however, with the Thunder Academy executing a couple of savvy bowling changes which resulted in wickets at crucial times.
Nick Buchanan’s six of the penultimate delivery gave the Hurricanes Academy a final shot at victory on the last ball, but it wasn’t to be, falling two runs short of the target.
Academy coach Darren McNees said there were plenty of positives to take away from the game.
“The bowling group was very good to restrict the Thunder to 161. Ben Rohrer played well hitting the ball into gaps and finding the boundary regularly,” he said.
“Clive Rose & Sean Willis put on an excellent partnership getting us back into the match and into a winning position after a poor start.
“Overall a very exciting match and there were plenty of positives we took out of the game.”
The Hurricanes Academy return home today, before returning to Sydney to take on the Sixers next Tuesday.
Sydney Thunder Academy 4-161
Hamish Kingston 3-37
Nick Buchanan 1-18
Hurricanes Academy 9-160
Sean Willis 59
Clive Rose 31
Cameron Boyce 27