The Hobart Hurricanes have beaten the Sydney Thunder to move into the top four in the Big Bash League.
The Hurricanes, with new signings Shoaib Malik and Tim Bresnan in their line up won the toss and decided to field. For the Thunder, English opener Jason Roy, who earned his international debut in a T20 game against India back in September, was making his bow.
However it was hardly an ideal start for the Surrey batsman, who was dismissed in the first over for just four runs. Fellow opener and childhood hero of Roy, Jacques Kallis fell for five.
Just three overs later, things got worse for the home side as first Aiden Blizzard (6) and the captain Mike Hussey (9) both dragged deliveries onto their own stumps, leaving the Thunder 27/4 in the ninth over.
Then came a mini revival, a 48-run stand for the fifth wicket between Mark Cosgrove (22) and Daniel Hughes (26), was the best the Sydney outfit could muster and finished their allotted 17 overs, 77/7, with Jake Reed the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-11 from his four overs.
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The Hurricanes could be pleased with their work with the ball and it meant they only required 82 runs (D/L method) to give them their third win of the tournament.
The away side were cruising to begin with, Ben Dunk scored 22, whilst Michael Hill hit 24. Then came a little blip in proceeding as Jonathan Wells and Evan Gulbis both fell for ducks, but captain George Bailey stepped up to the mark, seeing his side home with 20 balls to spare.
The two teams were level on points going into the game, but the Hurricanes' win moves them onto six points and moves them closer to securing qualification for the knock-out stage, the Thunder however face a must win game against table toppers, the Adelaide Strikers on January 12.
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