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Aiden Blizzard Punishes Cape Cobras

Aiden Blizzard hits out
Aiden Blizzard, pictured here playing for the MCC, hit 78 in 48 balls to help Hobart Hurricanes beat Cape Cobras
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Hobart Hurricanes 186-4 (Blizzard 78no) beat
Cape Cobras 184-6 by six wickets
Champions League T20 Group A, Hyderabad

Aiden Blizzard finished unbeaten on 78 in 48 balls as Hobart Hurricanes hammered 45 runs in two overs at the end of their innings to beat Cape Cobras by six wickets in Group B of the Champions League T20 2014.

Needing 44 to win from three overs after being set 185 to win, Blizzard was caught off a Vernon Philander no ball in the 18th over, going on to hit the free hit for six.

He and Jonathan Wells (17 not out in 10 balls) then carried on hitting, taking that over for 24 and the penultimate for 21 as they reached their target with an over to spare.

That, following up a half-century from Ben Dunk, handed Hobart their first victory of the competition after Richard Levi had top scored with 42 as Cobras made 184 for six.

Levi faced 30 balls, hitting six fours and a six and after he gave the South African side a good start, their innings was given a flying finish from Vernon Philander (32 not out in 14 balls) and Robin Peterson (25 not out in 14).

Dane Vilas also hit 25 and Omphile Ramela 21 while Ben Hilfenhaus and Ben Laughlin both took a brace of wickets.

Dunk then cracked 54 in 35 balls as he and Tim Paine (7) added 51 for the first wicket before Dunk and Blizzard swiftly added 40 runs for the second wicket until Dunk was caught by Juston Ontong off Sybrand Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht then struck again to remove Shoaib Malik for eight and Travis Birt for seven to return three for 20 and the Cobras, having reduced Hobart to 121 for four in the 15th over, looked to be in the driving seat.

But for the fourth time in the tournament, the team batting second recovered from a difficult position to finish off the game.

The 18th over, bowled by Philander went for 24 including the disastrous no ball, before Charl Langeveldt leaked 21 including three sixes as Hobart finished with an over in hand.

Blizzard struck four fours and five sixes in all and Wells hit a four and a six.

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