Both sides named 12 players who could bat or bowl in today’s match, giving coaching staff a bit of flexibility ahead of selecting their final side for Thursday’s clash, as well as give both sides’ players who were fresh out of quarantine the opportunity to blow the cobwebs out before the real competition begins.
Batting first, internationals Colin Ingram and Will Jacks opened the batting, both wearing purple for the first time. The pairing got to the end of the powerplay, before Jacks fell for eight to the bowling of Steve O’Keefe.
Joined by Ben McDermott at the crease, Ingram powered on, going on to make a well-made 35 off 29 balls. McDermott was undoubtedly the star of the Hurricanes innings with the bat, falling just shy of a century on 96, off just 49 balls. The Hurricanes finished at 5-175 after their 20 overs, setting the Sixers a competitive total for the win.
The Hurricanes got off to a strong start with the ball, with new recruit, Nick Winter, getting the scalp of Sixers opener, Justin Avendano, on just the second ball of the innings. Avendano’s fellow opener, Jack Edwards, got stuck in however, going on to make a half century and with him and James Vince going on to ensure another wicket didn’t fall until the 12th over.
It was Vince’s English counterpart in Jacks that got his wicket and the breakthrough for the Hurricanes, and from there on in the wickets continued to tumble.
Scott Boland had a great spell on the back end of the innings, finishing with figures of 4-40 off his four overs. Newly-announced replacement player, Johan Botha, also chimed in with a wicket in his last over. Plus, Winter was also economical with the ball for the ‘Canes, finishing on 2-21 off his four overs.
However, despite the match coming down to the wire the win wasn’t to be for the Hurricanes, with the winning runs coming off the final over of the match with just one ball remaining.
The Hurricanes will play the reigning BBL|09 Champions in the Sixers in the opening match of BBL|10, this Thursday night at Blundstone Arena. A limited number of tickets are still available for the blockbuster, but must be purchased before arriving at the ground this year.
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