Hobart Hurricanes storm to Big Bash victory

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The Hobart Hurricanes remain unbeaten after two matches in the revamped Big Bash League – Cricket Australia's exciting Twenty20 competition featuring eight teams for the first time this season.

Although the Hurricanes lack some of the big-name stars of other sides, the only Tasmanian team has started the tournament perfectly with a win over the Perth Scorchers last week and another great performance against the Sydney Sixers at their home ground of Bellerive Oval on Tuesday (December 20).

After posting a solid 3 for 169 in their 20 overs – with Phil Jaques making 73 and Travis Birt 65 – the Hurricanes defended superbly to restrict the Sixers to 9 for 127.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd Hobart bowled with precision to ease to a relatively comfortable victory. Import Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was superb with figures 4 for 22, while Jason Krejza snared 2 for 20 and Test recall Ben Hilfenhaus took 1 for 33.

The Hurricanes appear to have the right balance of youth, experience and all-round abilities in their squad, giving them an excellent chance to progress to the finals and upset some of their more fancied pre-tournament rivals.

Tomorrow – December 28, the Hurricanes head to Adelaide to play the Strikers, while their next home match is against Sydney Thunder at Bellerive Oval on New Year's Day.

Hobart Hurricanes Hero Shot

Group shot on Mt Wellington including Ponting Image Credit HH_FB

Group shot on Mt Wellington  Image Credit HH_FB



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