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Hobart Hurricanes pace bowler Jake Reed ripped through the Sydney Thunder’s batting line-up with four wickets to lead his side to a comfortable five-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Hurricanes captain George Bailey would have been thrilled with his decision to bowl first as the Thunder lost their top four batsmen for just 27 runs.
Mark Cosgrove and Daniel Hughes somewhat stemmed the bleeding with a 48-run partnership before Cosgrove was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Bresnan for 22.
However, during Cosgrove and Hughes’ partnership, the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.
Since the match was delayed, the umpires reduced the game to 17 overs per side.
The Hurricanes seemed to benefit from the rain delay as Hughes was clean bowled by Reed for 26.
Since none of the other batsmen made any major contributions, the Thunder finished on 77/7 off their 17 overs.
Reed was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bresnan, Ben Hilfenhaus and Evan Gulbis chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 82 to win due to the Duckworth-Lewis method, the Hurricanes got off to a terrible start as Ben Dunk was caught by Jacques Kallis at first slip off the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu for 22.
Jonathan Wells failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for a duck.
Michael Hill managed to make 24 runs before he was caught by Nathan Hauritz at mid-on off the bowling of Kallis.
Shoaib Malik mustered 18 runs before he was caught by Jason Roy off the bowling of Kallis.
Gulbis only lasted three balls before he was cleaned up by Sandhu.
Despite the late flurry of wickets, the Hurricanes ended up crossing the finish line with 20 balls to spare.
Kallis and Sandhu snapped up two wickets each, while Cummins claimed one.
Reed was named Man of the Match for his spectacular bowling performance.