There is a renewed level of excitement within the Hobart Hurricanes playing group after a nine-run win over the Sydney Thunder last night, says captain George Bailey.
After going without a win in their first two games, the Hurricanes fired with the bat to set the Thunder 189 to win, restricting the home side to 180 in reply at Spotless Stadium.
“There’s more a feeling of excitement. I think we saw a couple of really nice individual innings from D’Arcy and Ben and a couple of good partnerships,” Bailey said.
“I thought Clive bowled really nicely again as did Boycey and I think Dan Christian did a job for us with the ball as well.”
Bailey said a watchful start through the early stages of the innings was to ensure that the visitors had enough wickets in hand to accelerate at the back end of their 20 overs.
“The average score on this wicket is about 140, so it’s not a wicket generally where you come out blasting,” he said.
“Certainly the chats we’ve had around the first couple of games is that the top order hasn’t given themselves enough time, so it was great to see particularly two younger players take that on board and give themselves a chance.
“The more balls they face then the less I have to bat, the less Dan Christian has to bat and the better we’re going to go.”
The Thunder bowlers applied pressure at various stages, with Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott both starting slowly with the bat before accelerating as they worked into their innings.
“That pressure is a hard thing to describe until you’re out there. You hit three great shots and they all go to fielders and you’re none of three deliveries and you’re under the pump,” Bailey said.
“The crowd gets a little bit louder and the fielders are starting to creep in a little bit. All those things build up so much quicker in T20 than any other format, so it is a really hard thing to deal with.”
Bailey is confident that Tymal Mills will find his rhythm as the tournament wears on, despite taking one wicket through the first three fixtures.
“We’re just trying to work out the best way to unleash him. He bowled a really nice over at the end there to get us ahead of the game,” he said.
“We’ve just got to work through that with him a bit and work out what best suits him.”
The Hurricanes will be looking to put an end to the Adelaide Strikers unbeaten start to the tournament on Thursday night, when the two sides meet at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.