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.