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Short Special sinks Scorchers

06 January 2020

An unbeaten century from D'Arcy Short led the Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-run win against the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

Short brought up his ton by ramping a six off the final ball of the innings, after the Hurricanes won the toss, batted first and posted 2-180.

It was a sedate start from the Hurricanes superstar, as he brought up his half-century off 44 balls.

But from there he exploded.

His next 53 runs were from just 26 deliveries – finishing with seven maximums in his 103 not out to sign off in style, ahead of his departure for India with the Australian ODI side later this week.

The last five overs reaped the Hurricanes a total of 72 runs.

Caleb Jewell (25) played his part in a 69-run opening stand, before contributions from David Miller (15) and skipper Ben McDermott (20*) through the back half of the innings.

In reply, the Scorchers fought valiantly fell just short at 8-172.

Calf tightness prevented David Miller from taking the field after batting, while fast bowler Riley Meredith’s night was done after two overs with a side injury.

But the Hurricanes started strongly with the ball.

Meredith rattled the stumps of Liam Livingston early, before Scott Boland – on his Hurricanes debut – nicked off Cameron Bancroft and ran out Josh Inglis in his follow-through.

At 3-18, the Scorchers were in trouble, before Mitch Marsh (48) and Cameron Green (33) resurrected the innings.

A late cameo from Jhye Richardson (33* off 14) took the Scorchers close, but just shy of their target as the Hurricanes held their nerve at the end.

Boland finished with 2-29 on his Hurricanes debut, while Nathan Ellis also picked up two wickets. Meredith, Tom Rogers and Qais Ahmad claimed one apiece.

The Hurricanes will travel to Brisbane tomorrow – minus Riley Meredith, who will head home for scans on his side injury – ahead of a clash with the Heat on Thursday.