Hobart Hurricanes resist Billings to edge out Sydney Sixers
Hobart Hurricanes 170-6 (Short 42) beat
Sydney Sixers 165-4 (Billings 61no) by five runs
21st game, Big Bash League, Bellerive Oval
Sam Billings' unbeaten 61 run knock went in vain as Sydney Sixers succumbed to a five-run defeat while chasing 171 runs against Hobart Hurricanes in the 21st game of the Big Bash League at Bellerive Oval.
This is Hurricanes' third win of the season as they move to the fifth position while Sixers are placed seventh as they are yet to win a game in six attempts.
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat first. Ben Dwarshuis (1-30) struck in the first delivery he bowled to remove Alex Doolan (3) but DArcy Short (42) continued his good form and shared a 77-run stand for the second wicket with wicket-keeper Matthew Wade (41) to resurrect the innings.
By the end of the powerplay, Hurricanes were positioned 46 for one. Wade had a reprieve when Dwarshius dropped him in the seventh over and at the halfway mark, the home side were placed comfortably at 78 for one.
Jackson Bird (1-31) and Sean Abbott (3-27) struck in successive overs to dismiss both Wade and Short respectively as Ben McDermott (19) and George Bailey (11) struggled to get going.
A late flourish from Daniel Christian (28 not out) and Simon Milenko (22) helped them post a total of 170 for six in the 20 overs. Abbott was the pick of the Sixers bowlers with three wickets to his name.
In the chase, Sixers lost Jason Roy (9) and Nic Maddinson (7) early but Daniel Hughes (24) helped them post a total of 45 for two in the powerplay.
As Hughes tried to hold one end up, Jordan Silk (45) upped the ante at the other end but it was Billings (61 not out), who kept the Sixers in the game. The Sixers needed 41 runs to win off the final three overs.
Billings hit hat-trick of boundaries in the 18th over but Daniel Christian (1-27) bowled a brilliant penultimate over where he conceded just six runs. When 18 runs were needed off the final three deliveries, Billings struck sixes in the first two balls but could not connect the third over as Hurricanes sealed a five-run victory.
Billings was declared the man of the match despite his brilliant knock ending on a losing cause.
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