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D'Arcy Short's brilliant innings proved to be the difference in a thrilling contest at the Gabba

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Short Stars As Hurricanes Extinguish Heat

10 January 2018

An electrifying innings by D’Arcy Short has propelled the Hurricanes to a fourth straight victory for the very first time, defeating the Heat by three runs in a thrilling contest at the Gabba. 

In a match full of talking points, Short emerged the biggest story, hitting a record 122 runs from just 69 deliveries- the highest individual score in the history of the Big Bash, and the first century of BBL07.

Hurricanes captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting wicket, but looked to be on the back foot early when the Heat got the early breakthrough of Alex Doolan for nine in the third over.

From there on out it was the D’Arcy Short show, with the in form star hitting eight boundaries and eight sixes in an unbeaten innings that will stay in the mind of cricketing fans for a long time to come.

WATCH: Short's record breaking century

Contributions from Matthew Wade (16) and Ben McDermott (19) helped Short reach the milestone after falling agonisingly short of triple figures twice so far this campaign.

The Heat dropped Short while he was in the 60’s, but he made the most of his luck, going on to register his first BBL century.

The Heat got off to a flyer in pursuit of the Hurricanes total of 4/179, with Brendon McCullum and Sam Heazlett racing away to a 64-run partnership before Cameron Boyce got the crucial breakthrough of Heat skipper McCullum in the seventh over.

Joe Burns fell relatively soon after, falling for 13 in the 11th over to Boyce, after Boyce and Short combined to put the clamps on a rampant Heat innings.

D’Arcy Short dismissed Sam Heazlett for 45 the following over as the Hurricanes looked to regain momentum.

When Jofra Archer pulled off a remarkable caught and bowled effort to dismiss Ben Cutting in the 15th over and then Matthew Wade executed an impressive run out to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne the next over, the Hurricanes looked to be edging closer and closer to securing victory with the Heat 5/118.

WATCH: Archer magic dismisses Cutting

But as what has happened in previous matches, the Hurricanes were forced to scrap and fight until the very end, with Alex Ross and Jimmy Peirson combining in a manner that looked to provide the Heat with an opening.

Ross was controversially dismissed for 27 at the end of the 17th over, however, for obstructing the field after a lengthy run out appeal was taken to the third umpire.

Amid the aftermath of this decision, Clive Rose’s over went for 17 runs, meaning the Heat required 31 runs from 12 deliveries.

Jofra Archer’s final over went for 18 runs, but crucially saw Matthew Wade register another run out to his name with the dismissal of Mark Steketee for 13. 

This over left the Heat 13 runs away from victory with one over remaining. 

Dan Christian, who went off the field earlier in the innings, was handed the ball for the final over and did a terrific job under immense pressure. 

Christian went on to be the hero for the Hurricanes, restricting Peirson (26 not out off 13) and Brendan Doggett to make the equation four runs from the final delivery. 

The veteran Hurricane, and former Brisbane Heat player, held his nerve, dismissing Doggett with the final ball of the innings, and in doing so, securing the Hurricanes a fourth straight victory for the very first time. 

The Hurricanes will now look to Monday's return clash with the Heat at Blundstone Arena as part of a HUGE WBBL and BBL double header. Secure your tickets now!

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