Tearaway quick, wily veteran and Singapore star inspire Hurricanes win
The Hobart Hurricanes have taken out the first match of BBL 10, coming back impressively with bat and ball to beat defending champions the Sydney Sixers.
The Hurricanes won by 16 runs, with speed demon Riley Meredith (2-29) and veteran James Faulkner (2-22) pivotal with the ball after Singapore representative Tim David resuscitated the innings.
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The Hurricanes started horribly after being sent in to bat, with both openers falling for ducks. But fifties to Colin Ingram and David rescued the innings as the hosts finished 8-178.
Import Will Jacks fell for a second-ball duck to Ben Manenti in the first over and D’Arcy Short was out for a golden duck to Ben Dwarshuis.
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The ‘Power Surge’ — a two-over mini power play enforcing field restrictions — was taken by the Hurricanes after 14 overs, with Ingram (49*) and David (14*) both settled and looking to go big.
David immediately bagged three fours off the first three balls of the over, rewarding the decision to take the Power Surge. And Ingram bagged a four of his own as the Hurricanes plundered 19 runs off the over.
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But the momentum was immediately halted as Ingram was caught mistiming a short ball in the following over from Dan Christian, finishing 55 off 42.
However, David exploded late in the innings to reach his fifty off just 28 balls, including one big Dwarshuis over which was sent for a nightmare 24 runs. He was caught out on the rope in the final over to finish 58 from 33.
Christian and Dwarshuis finished with three wickets apiece, for 36 and 38 runs respectively.
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The Sixers had a similarly shaky start with the bat as Josh Philippe fell for 1 to Faulkner in the first over but seemed in control at 1-118.
However, the wheels came off after Faulkner trapped James Vince (67) in front in the 14th over.
Just four balls later Meredith clean bowled Jack Edwards (47) with a delivery that broke a zing bail and the Sixers never recovered.
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Captain Daniel Hughes chopped on for nine against the express quick, and then Nathan Ellis got in on the action to remove Jordan Silk (13) before Scott Boland accounted for Christian (10) in the final over.
The Sixers did not leave empty-handed however, picking up the first point of the competition via the ‘Bash Boost’.
Neither team decided to use their ‘X-Factor’ substitutes at the 10-over mark in the first innings.
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