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Watson, Vince secure much needed win for Sydney Thunder

Shane Watson led from the front
Shane Watson led from the front

Sydney Thunder 162-4 (Watson 55) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 161-8 (Bailey 69no) by six wickets
20th match, Big Bash League, Hobart

Shane Watson led from the front with a brisk fifty to help Sydney Thunder chase down 162 in 16.5 overs with six wickets in hand against Hobart Hurricanes in the 20th game of the Big Bash League in Hobart.

The win has kept Sydney Thunder's hope alive in the tournament after they secured their second consecutive win from six games.

Watson won the toss and sent Hobart Hurricanes to bat first. Clint McKay (1-10) struck in the very first over when he had Tim Paine (4) caught at extra cover and in the next over D'Arcy Short (0) was caught behind off James Pattinson (2-36).

Ben McDermott (31) and George Bailey (69 not out) smashed seven boundaries between them to take Hobart Hurricanes to 45 for two at the end of powerplay.

Confusion between the two batsmen saw McDermott run out in the eighth over and by the halfway mark, Hobart Hurricanes were 76 for three.

A 34-run stand between Bailey and Dan Christian (16) helped them stage some recovery but Carlos Brathwaite (2-31) announced his arrival in the BBL by removing the latter.

Bailey completed his fifty off 43 deliveries and along with a 17-ball cameo from Jonathan Wells (26), Hobart Hurricanes posted 161 for eight in the overs.

James Vince (44) gave a perfect start for Sydney Thunder scoring six boundaries and a six in the powerplay by the end of which the visitors scored 58 for naught.

Stuart Broad (1-23) provided Hobart with the initial breakthrough when he removed Kurtis Patterson (23) in the seventh over while Cameron Boyce (2-28) had Vince holed out to deep square leg.

The 11th over bowled by Shaun Tait (0-32) saw Watson (55) smash two boundaries and a six to bring the 100 for Sydney Thunder.

With three more sixes the Thunder skipper announced his arrival in the tournament by bringing his first fifty and Ben Rohrer (28 not out) provided him with proper support at the other end.

The 63-run stand between the two finally ended when Christian (1-43) had Watson caught behind. With just one-run to win, Thunder also lost Brathwaite (6) but eventually completed a six-wicket win.

Watson won the man of the match for his all-round performance.

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