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Wade, Christian power Hobart Hurricanes to BBL final

Matthew Wade scored 71 runs off 45 deliveries
Matthew Wade scored 71 runs off 45 deliveries

Hobart Hurricanes 210-4 (Wade 71) beat
Perth Scorchers 139 (Christian 4-17) by 71 runs
1st Semi-Final, Big Bash League, Perth

Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott scored blistering half-centuries while Daniel Christian came up with an all-round performance as Hobart Hurricanes went on to thrash Perth Scorchers by 71 runs in the first semi-final of the Big Bash League.

As a result, Perth Scorchers will now face the winner of the second semi-final contest between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.

Earlier, it was the Scorchers, who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Wade (71) gave a terrific start to the Hurricanes innings hitting eight boundaries in the first four overs to take the total to 41 for naught.

Matthew Kelly (1-34) provided the breakthrough for Scorchers as he had Tim Paine (4) caught at mid on, courtesy a fine catch from Mitchell Marsh (0-53). The Hurricanes ended the powerplay with a score of 48 for one with Wade alone hitting 38 runs in it.

Wade completed his fifty off 31 deliveries and just when George Bailey (17) started to get going with a six, he miscued a Tim Bresnan (2-40) delivery to mid off. Despite the setback, Wade and McDermott (67) added another 40 runs off just 22 deliveries to maintain the momentum in the innings.

Even though, Bresnan managed to get his second scalp, dismissing the dangerous Wade, McDermott and Christian (37) gave the perfect finish to the innings sharing an 88 run stand off just 39 deliveries as Hurricanes went on to post 210 for four in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Michael Klinger (15) and Shaun Marsh (30) got decent starts but Thomas Rogers (3-31) with his triple strike dented the home side's hopes as they were reduced to 51 for three.

From there on only Bresnan (43) with his 23-ball knock showed some fight as Christian (4-17) landed the final blow to dismiss the Scorchers for 139.

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