Hurricanes clinch maiden victory against Thunder


The Hobart Hurricanes collected their first Big Bash League victory of the campaign with a nine-run win against the Sydney Thunder on Monday.

The Hurricanes had lost to the Thunder in their previous outing in Launceston on Saturday, but they gained their revenge on home soil with the help of a 97 from D'Arcy Short.

Short steered his side to a huge total of 189-3, which proved just enough to keep the Thunder at bay, with opener Jos Buttler (81) short of capable batting partners as the visitors made 180 for the loss of eight wickets.

The victory lifts the Hurricanes to sixth, with the seventh-placed Sydney Sixers playing later on Monday.



Short fully deserved his Player of the Match award as his 97 off 63 deliveries was crucial to clinching victory for the Hurricanes.

The 27-year-old fired nine fours and four maximums on his way to the second highest individual score of the current Big Bash season - two short of Marcus Stoinis' 99 for the Melbourne Stars.

Short was ably assisted by Ben McDermott (49 off 25) but was ultimately caught by Kurtis Patterson off Gurinder Sandhu's delivery with the penultimate ball of the innings.



Buttler led the Thunder's chase, racking up 81 runs from 43 deliveries.

However, with the exception of fellow top-order batsmen Patterson and Shane Watson (both 36), Buttler received little support in amassing his highest T20 score.

Callum Ferguson (0), Ben Rohrer (5), Arjun Nair (0), Ryan Gibson (2) and Chris Green (5) all came and went before Buttler was eventually caught behind by Matthew Wade.



This defeat leaves the Thunder fourth in the BBL standings, with four points from five matches.

However, the Thunder have completed more fixtures than any other team in the competition at this stage and will be looking over their shoulders as the likes of the Hurricanes get more matches under their belts.