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Hurricanes fall short of Finals hopes

31 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes BBL|09 campaign has come to an end, after falling short of he Sydney Thunder by 57 runs.

The Thunder posted a very strong 5/197, off the back of Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales’ opening partnership.

The Hurricanes (140) struggled to keep up with the required run rate once crucial wickets fell, with Jono Cook taking man of the match honours for his four-fer.

The Thunder won the toss and elected to bat, with Khawaja and Hales taking full advantage with a 103 run partnership of 59 balls.

James Faulkner made the breakthrough in the 10th over by trapping Khawaja (54 off 34) in front.

But Hales and Callum Ferguson continued to litter the boundary, posting a 42 run partnership.

Hales (60 off 37) was undone by Scott Boland in the 15th over, and Clive Rose struck in the 17th to dismiss Ferguson (33 off 21).

Alex Ross (21 off 13) was run out in the 19th over, and Nathan Ellis’s excellent spell (1-18) was rewarded with the wicket of Chris Morris in the final over, with Sydney setting a total of 198 for Hobart to chase.

The Hurricanes were dealt an early blow when Matthew Wade was dismissed by Jono Cook (4-21) in the third over.

D’Arcy Short’s power hitting (37 off 24) was on display, but he was undone in the seventh over by Cook, and Mac Wright fell in the next over.

George Bailey received a huge round of applause from the home crowd when he entered the crease and departed in the ninth over, in his final game for the Hurricanes.

Ben McDermott and Simon Milenko made a solid 41 run partnership, before McDermott and Milenko (28 off 27) fell in consecutive overs.

The Hurricanes were bowled out for 140.