The back story
Having wrapped up the minor premiership, top spot and a home Semi-Final on Thursday night in Hobart, our attention immediately turned to who our fourth-placed opponent would be.
The Stars were in the box seat, until last night. The pressure is really on the Thunder tonight (they'll need a big win to give themselves a chance) and then it's back on the Stars to see if they can clinch fourth from the eyes of the Heat tomorrow in Sydney vs. the Sixers.
Australian Test trio Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson provide a handy hattrick of inclusions for the Thunder Nation to achieve that big win and all eyes will be on them for a sizeable contribution.
From our point of view, it'll be about fine tuning. Doing our best to fix where we may have been lacking a little in preparation for the business which will need taking care of back in the comforts of home on Thursday night...
Sydney Thunder vs. Hobart Hurricanes
Saturday 9 February, 6:15pm
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Broadcast exclusively LIVE on Fox Cricket
Sydney Thunder squad: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu.
Hobart Hurricanes squad: Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Alex Doolan, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short.
After a phenomenal, Callum Ferguson-inspired victory in the west, our hosts have lost twice on the bounce to put their season on the ropes. Their Australian stars will be hoping to inspire a big win to give their post-season chances a boost but even that may not be enough to book a knockout return leg with us in Hobart in five days time.
Our bowling whilst defending a total improved dramatically during the win over the Renegades and the defence of a par score is sure to give our bowlers a confidence lift ahead of the finals - it's going to be important to know you can win in any scenario.
Last time we met
It was rightly dubbed the game of the season up to the point of the season where our first clash with the Thunder took place in Hobart just before the New Year.
Jos Buttler's 89 from 54 on a great batting deck boosted the visitors to 193 before Short and Wade and then George Bailey got us over the line with five balls remaining in a nail-biter.
OUR HOME FINAL!
HOBART HURRICANES - HOME SEMI-FINAL MATCH INFO:
7:30pm NEXT Thursday Night 14 February vs 4th placed Semi-Finalist – Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
Gate Times: Members from 6pm / General Public from 6.30pm
Bat Flip: 6.45pm
First Innings: 7.30pm
Innings Break (15 mins): 8.50pm
Second Innings: 9.05pm
Match Ends: 10.25pm