An ultra-competitive WBBL Hurricanes outift - without their three international imports, has nearly stunned last year's finalists the Perth Scorchers in the rebel WBBL|04 season opener today at CitiPower Centre.
After being sent in by Meg Lanning's Scorchers, 20-year-old all-rounder Erin Fazackerley - a surprising choice to open the batting got the Hurricanes off to a dream start, smashing three sixes and four boundaries to guide her team to 1-54 off six overs - their best ever powerplay.
Her 38 from 16 deliveries laid the perfect platform Georgia Redmayne (49 from 48 balls) to build her innings via support from new skipper Sasha Moloney (22 from 24).
Despite losing a few wickets late searching for more runs, the Hurricanes competitive total of 7/143 meant the crowd was in for a tense second dig.
Some disciplined bowling led to a couple of big breakthroughs in the Scorchers' powerplay.
Firstly it was Brooke Hepburn catching Meg Lanning's outside edge before Nicole Bolton couldn't clear Erin Fazackerley at mid-off after Meg Phillips had tied the runs down.
From here, the partnerships firstly between Villani and Ebsary, and then Ebsary and Piparo gradually swung the momentum away from the Hurricanes who were well in the game up until the final 10 deliveries.
Last year's runner-up Scorchers completed their chase with three balls to spare.
The Hobart Hurricanes will be proud but hurting after being in a very winnable position.
They'll return to Tasmania on Saturday evening before regaining at least two of three internationals (Heather Knight and Smitri Mandhana) for next weekend's matches at West Park in Burnie.
The side's first matches in Hobart will come on The Big Weekend, to be held at Blundstone Arena on December 15 & 16.
The marquee fixture of the weekend is the Hurricanes taking on the star-laden Sydney Sixers under lights on the Saturday.