Hobart Hurricanes beat Perth Scorchers by 8 runs in BBL
D'Arcy Short hit a wonderful unbeaten hundred (103*) for Hobart Hurricanes, at the Optus Stadium, Perth today in the BBL, to steer the Hurricanes to an 8 run win over the Perth Scorchers.
Hobart Hurricanes 180-2 (20 Ovs) – (D'Arcy Short 103*, Caleb Jewell 25, Ben McDermott 20*; Fawad Ahmed 1-25, Liam Livingstone 1-2)
Perth Scorchers 172-8 (20 Ovs) – (Mitchell Marsh 48, Cameron Green 33, Jhye Richardson 33*; Nathan Ellis 2-43, Scott Boland 2-29)
Result – Hobart Hurricanes won by 8 runs
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat against the Scorchers and scored a competitive 180-2 in their 20 Overs mainly thanks to D'Arcy Short 103*, Caleb Jewell 25 and Ben McDermott 20* the mainstays with the bat - Fawad Ahmed 1-25 and Liam Livingstone 1-2 were the wicket takers for the Scorchers.
In reply, the Scorchers got off to a poor start and were 18-3 at one stage with Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis and Cameron Bancroft all back in the pavilion. However, Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Green (33) took them through to 93, before Green was out, adjudged LBW to Ellis.
Chris Jordan was moved up the order to get the run rate down a bit but was out for 1; with the score now 95-5, the Scorchers were struggling again. Marsh and David pushed the score onto 122-6 in the 16th over but the the Scorchers were unable to sustain the run rate required from there and ended up 172-8 from their 20 overs, missing out by just 8 runs, despite a late flourish from Jhye Richardson 33*.
From the Scorchers
The home side almost brought home the chocolates thanks to an inspirational batting display led by Skipper Mitch Marsh and then by Jhye Richardson in the final overs of the clash.
It was a slow and steady start at #TheFurnace, the men in orange restricting the Hurricanes to 49 in the powerplay.
Liam Livingstone took the first wicket of the night in the tenth over, sending Canes’ Caleb Jewell back to the sheds with 25 runs.
Spin king Fawad Ahmed brought the next highlight with the ball, claiming the scalp of David Miller (15).
WA teammate D’Arcy Short proved unstoppable, knocking an unbeaten 103 off 70 balls to help guide the visitors to a total of 180.
Scorchers opener Livingstone came out firing with three fours in his first over and a half but it was short lived, the Englishman dismissed by Riley Meredith for 13.
Perth then lost two cheap wickets in Josh Inglis (3) and Cameron Bancroft (0).
Mitch Marsh was a skipper on a mission, smacking 48 from 35 highlighted by an impressive 75-run partnership alongside young gun Cam Green (33).
Marsh proved to be the backbone of the side, as the wickets of his teammates Chris Jordan (1) and Tim David (18) fell around him.
It was Richardson who got the crowd up on their feet in the final three over of play smacking three sixes and one four to finish with an unbeaten 33 off only 14 balls.
Scorchers Ash Agar said the team are hungry for their next win.
“D’Arcy Short is one of the best in the world at clearing the rope and the Hurricanes timed their run really nicely. He just showed how world class he is, he’s probably one of the best T20 batsman in the country so well done to him,” he said.
“We have to take every game like it’s our last one. We will have to go 100% and leave nothing out there.
“We have good game plans, we’re improving especially with our powerplay bowling and our middle order batting and they’re some really good signs. We have no choice now but to back ourselves and give it our best crack.”
Perth Scorchers - Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis(wk), Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh(c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kelly, Fawad Ahmed
Hobart Hurricanes - D'Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott(c)(wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Tom Rogers, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Toss: Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat
Start Time: 10:40
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Officials: Michael Graham-Smith, John Ward, Nathan Johnstone, Trent Steenholdt, Peter Marshall
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