THU vs HUR: Sydney Thunders outclassed Hobart Hurricanes by 62 runs in their last group-stage fixture at the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League 2022-23. With this win, Sydney Thunders climb to the second position whereas Hobart Hurricanes are struggling at the sixth position in the standings.
Winning the toss at the Lavington Sports Ground, Hobart Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade made an unfortunate decision to bowl first. Batting first, Sydney Thunders thrashed the Hurricanes bowlers and recorded a spectacular first-innings total of 228/6 in 20 overs.
Sydney Thunders were off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Matthew Gikes (33) smashed a quick-fire knock. From thereon, Alex Hales (77) and Oliver Davies (65) took control and accelerated the innings to register a sizzling match-winning partnership of 105 runs for the third wicket. Backed on their resilient knocks, Thunders edge past the 200-run mark quite comfortably.
For Hobart Hurricanes, Nathan Ellis starred in the bowling attack to scalp 4 wickets for 37 runs. Riley Meredith (2/49) claimed a couple of wickets to provide vital support to Ellis.
THU vs HUR: Hurricanes succumbed in front of Thunder’s fierce bowling attack
Chasing a challenging total of 229 runs, Hobart Hurricanes were off to a sluggish start as they lost their opening batsman D’Arcy Short for 2. However, skipper Matthew Wade (67) then came to the rescue and put up a commanding stand of 72 runs for the second wicket alongside Caleb Jewel (20).
However, Thunders succeeded in breaking the soaring partnership after which wickets continued to tumble in regular intervals. Apart from a heroic cameo from Tim David (25), no other Hurricanes batsman managed to score beyond 20 runs as Hobart was restricted and bundled out for a total of 166 runs and thus, losing the match by a humiliating 62-run margin.
For Sydney Thunders, Brendan Doggett (4/35) was the pick of the bowlers as he bowled gloriously. Ben Cutting (2/16) scaled a couple of wickets whereas Green (1/34), McAndrew (1/26), and Qadir (1/32) chipped in a wicket apiece.