Short among runs again as Hobart move to third with six-wicket win
Hobart Hurricanes 166-4 (Short 59) beat
Brisbane Heat 165-8 (McCullum 51) by six wickets
29th game, Big Bash League, Hobart
D'Arcy Short continued to be among the runs once again as he helped Hobart Hurricanes chase down 166 runs against Brisbane Heat in 18.2 overs with six wickets in hand in the 29th game of the Big Bash League at Bellerive Oval.
This is Hobart's fifth consecutive victory in the tournament as they move to the third position while Brisbane Heat are at fifth.
Brisbane won the toss and decided to bat first but they suffered early setback when Sam Heazlett (5) caught behind in the fourth delivery off Clive Rose (1-26).
Brendon McCullum (51) and Joe Burns (38) consolidated the innings with a 59 run stand for the second wicket. Burns struck two apiece of sixes and boundaries in the powerplay to take the score to 62 for one.
Short (1-24) provided respite for Hobart with the wicket of Burns and Cameron Boyce (1-28) too joined the wicket-taking act as he castled Alex Ross (4) and at halfway mark, Brisbane were 85 for three.
McCullum continued to press on and even completed a 35-ball fifty but Hobart Hurricanes pulled back things in the second half of the innings to keep Brisbane down to 165 for eight in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Alex Doolan (10) struck a couple of boundaries in his first five deliveries but was dismissed by Burns (1-10) in the first over. As George Bailey (19) was consolidating, Short (59) took it upon himself and provided the early momentum to take the score to 56 for one in the powerplay.
Yasir Shah (0-28) and Mitchell Swepson (0-31) slowed things down and Ben Cutting (1-14) reaped the benefit as he accounted for Bailey in the 11th over and in the same over, Short reached another half-century. Daniel Christian (23) eased the pressure of required run rate with his nine ball cameo but it was Ben McDermott (32 not out) with his 19-ball blistering knock sealed a six-wicket win for Hobart Hurricanes.
At this stage, the top four are Perth Scorchers in top position on 12 points with Adelaide Strikers in second and Hobart Hurricanes third on 10 points. Melbourne Renegades are fourth on 8 points. Brisbane Heat are in fifth, also on 8 points.
Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars are out of the running for the play offs, however, Sydney Thunder have a chance if they win their remaining matches.
So all to play for, for the top six franchises, with BBL 2017/18 edging its way to a climax.
Our Prediction - Perth Scorchers to come home Champions from here.
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