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Heat too hot for Hurricanes to handle

10 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes have fallen to a five-wicket defeat to the Brisbane Heat at The Gabba on Thursday night.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hurricanes could only muster 9-126.

Returning skipper Matthew Wade was the pick of the batsmen, scoring 61 off 46 deliveries – including two sixes.

However, the Hurricanes lost wickets at regular intervals – including five in the first nine overs – which prevented them being able to put together a big score.

Caleb Jewell (five), Simon Milenko (six) and George Bailey (duck) all fell within the powerplay, with David Miller (two) being bowled and Ben McDermott (two) run-out before the midway point of the innings.

Tom Rogers (17) and Nathan Ellis (13 not out) provided important hands late in the innings to ensure the Hurricanes batted through their overs.

Seamers Josh Lalor (3-21) and Ben Laughlin (2-21) were economical and effective with the ball.

The Heat reached 34 for no loss in their response, before the Hurricanes found their way into the game.

Qais Ahmad had Tom Banton (17) caught in the deep, before a triple-strike from Scott Boland opened the door for an upset.

Boland removed Max Bryant (28), Matt Renshaw (nine) and Joe Burns (duck) in a four-over spell which yielded three wickets for just 16 runs.

When Bailey and Wade combined to run out dangerman Chris Lynn for nine, the Heat were 5-71 and the game was up for grabs.

But from there, the Hurricanes couldn’t manage another breakthrough, as Ben Cutting (43*) and Jimmy Peirson (23*) saw the hosts get the points.

The Hurricanes now have a 3-4 record after seven matches, and will travel to Sydney to face the Sydney Thunder on Saturday.

lay for the Hurricanes.”