2013/14 BBL 1st semi-final: Paine’s half-century rockets Hurricanes to BBL finals

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The Hurricanes celebrate upon confirming their place in the BBL finals

Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine scored a spectacular half-century to help his side reach the Big Bash League (BBL) finals and dump the Melbourne Stars, who were undefeated coming into this match, out of the tournament.

Paine was well supported by leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, who took three wickets.

Stars captain Cameron White would have been pondering over whether he made the right choice to bat first after his top four batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 45 runs on the board.

David Hussey and Brad Hodge stemmed the bleeding with a much-needed 62-run partnership before Hussey was caught by Ben Dunk at long-on off the bowling of Boyce for 24.

Hodge ended up bringing up his half-century, but failed to convert it into a higher score as he was clean bowled by Doug Bollinger for 51 off 35 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

Thanks to Hodge and Hussey, the Stars were able to finish on 141/8 at the end of their 20 overs.

Boyce was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ben Laughlin snapped up two and Dollinger, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Shoaib Malik chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 142 to win, the Hurricanes got off to a great start as Dunk and Paine put together a 51-run partnership before Dunk was caught by Luke Wright at point off the bowling of John Hastings for 30.

Malik only managed to score three runs before he was caught by Wright at deep extra cover off the bowling of James Muirhead.

Paine and Hurricanes captain George Bailey stabilised the innings with a 64-run partnership, during which Paine brought up his half-century, before he was run out by Lasith Malinga for 65 off 52 balls, which included eight boundaries.

Bailey finished on 32 off 26 deliveries, which included three boundaries, as the Hurricanes cruised to victory with just under two overs to spare.

Muirhead and Hastings picked up one wicket each.

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