Hobart Hurricanes 179-4 (Short 122no) beat
Brisbane Heat 176-8 (Heazlett 45) by three runs
24th game, Big Bash League, The Gabba
D'Arcy Short continued his terrific form and this time slammed unbeaten 122 as Hobart Hurricanes managed to edge out Brisbane Heat by three runs in the 24th game of the Big Bash League at The Gabba.
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat first. Mark Steketee (2-51) struck in the third over of the innings when he castled Alex Doolan (9) following which Brisbane Heat handed Matthew Wade (16) a reprieve when Yasir Shah (0-29) dropped him.
Short (122 not out) extended his dominance with three boundaries and two sixes in the final two overs of the powerplay as they scored 56 for one in the first six overs.
Wade was hardly going at run a ball but Short brilliance meant Hurricanes had a healthy run-rate and he even completed his fifty off 29 balls. It was total domination from Short in the final five overs as he plundered four apiece of fours and sixes and completed his century to go with his scores of 97 and 96 earlier in the tournament.
He ended up with an unbeaten 122 in an innings where the next highest score was Ben McDermott (19). Hobart Hurricanes reached 179 for four in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Sam Heazlett (45) and Brendon McCullum (33) gave Brisbane Heat a blistering start scoring 62 runs in the powerplay. The introduction of Cameron Boyce (2-23) changed the complexion of the innings as he removed both McCullum and Joe Burns (13) in his first three overs as Brisbane scored just 31 runs in the next five overs.
Short (1-20), who had a fantastic innings with the bat, also contributed with the ball when he trapped Heazlett LBW and Ben Cutting (4) held a simple return catch to Jofra Archer (1-39). It was Jimmy Peirson (26) with his 13-ball cameo and Steketee's (13) four-ball brilliance that kept the Heat in the game.
With 12 runs to defend off the final over, Daniel Christian (1-8) conceded five off the first two deliveries but managed to held his nerve to seal a thrilling three run victory for the Hobart Hurricanes.
This year's BBL is certainly becoming the most closely fought in recent years and will have all the fans on the edge of their seats until the final stages of the tournament.
At this stage, Adelaide Strikers are top, on run rate, with 10 points and Perth Scorchers second, also on 10 points.
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