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Hobart Hurricanes Humble Knights

Ben Hilfenhaus
Ben Hilfenhaus took three wickets as Hobart Hurricanes hammered Northern Knights
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Hobart Hurricanes 178-3 (Blizzard 62) beat
Northern Knights 92 (Hilfenhaus 3-14) by 86 runs
Champions League T20 Group B, Raipur

Hobart Hurricanes thumped Northern Districts Knights by 86 runs in a one-sided Champions League T20 2014 Group B match in Raipur.

After runs from Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Malik had steered them to a score of 178 for three, Hobart then dismissed the Knights for just 92.

Ben Hilfenhaus returned career-best figures and Doug Bollinger also took three wickets to hand Hobart a crushing win.

Hobart made a steady start, losing Ben Dunk for 12 with the score on 21 in the sixth over, before Tim Paine, Blizzard and Malik put them on course for an excellent score.

Paine hit 43 in 34 balls before falling to Ish Sodhi and that brought Blizzard (62 in 43 balls) and Malik (45 not out in 22) together.

They added exactly 100 for the third wicket, which fell when Blizzard was caught by Scott Styris off Tim Southee, as Hobart found a way to nullify the hitherto outstanding Knights bowling attack.

Malik hit seven fours and two sixes and Travis Birt helped him finish the innings with strongly with seven not out in four balls.

In reply, the Knights were rocked by early wickets and were unable to counter-attack.

After Anton Devcich was superbly caught by Ben Laughlin off James Mennie, Hilfenhaus (3-14) had Kane Williamson caught by Xavier Doherty for three and then bowled Daniel Flynn for nought first ball.

Although he couldn't manage a hat-trick, he had a third wicket when a full toss hit BJ Watling (9) on the back leg and in less than seven overs, the New Zealanders were 19 for four.

Although Hobart's start had been slow, at least they had managed to keep wickets in hand, and from this desperate position, there was to be no recovery for the Knights.

Scott Styris (37) and Southee (21) battled hard but they had been left far too much to do when coming together at 63 for six in the 14th over.

Victory was completed when they were bowled out in 16.4 overs with Bollinger claiming three for 22, Mennie two for 10 and Doherty two for 17.

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