Hussey effort in vain as Hurricanes beat Thunder


Mike Hussey's half-century proved in vain as Sydney Thunder slumped to their first loss of the Big Bash League campaign against Hobart Hurricanes on Friday.

Despite George Bailey's unbeaten 56, the Hurricanes were restricted to 163-6 at the Bellerive Oval having been put into bat.

Yet Hussey (71) was the sole Thunder player to really excel with the bat in the run chase - with a flurry of four wickets in six balls effectively ending Sydney's hopes of victory as they suffered an 11-run defeat.

The Thunder remain top of the standings while Hobart - who have won three matches on the spin - are third, also on six points along with Adelaide Strikers.

Bailey was the only constant for the Hurricanes as they laboured with the bat - Clint McKay taking 4-28 in an innings highlighted by Andre Russell's stunning catch to dismiss Daniel Christian (5), the West Indies all-rounder getting down to his left to claim a fine grab.

A 14-ball stand of 33 between Bailey and Darren Sammy (18) helped push Hobart beyond 160 before Shaun Tait (3-16) removed Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson for ducks in the first over of the Thunder's chase.

Hussey's valiant show of defiance - his knock coming off 51 balls with 10 fours and a six - kept Sydney firmly in the game and, on 132-4 in the 17th over, they seemed in a good position for victory.

But Russell's exit for eight prompted a collapse from the middle order as Hussey, Chris Hartley (0) and Chris Green (5) fell in successive deliveries in the 18th over, leaving the tail with too much work to do to recover as Sydney finished on 152-9.