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The Hobart Hurricanes made it four wins out of four after Riley Meredith’s three-wicket haul saw them beat the Perth Scorchers by six wickets.
Choosing to bowl first, the Hurricanes got off to the best possible start as Scorchers opener Will Bosisto was trapped lbw off the bowling of James Faulkner on the first ball of the match.
Michael Klinger, who opened the batting with Bosisto, only scored five runs before he was caught by Johan Botha at cover point off the bowling of Clive Rose.
Scorchers captain Ashton Turner mustered four runs before he was clean bowled by Meredith.
Cameron Bancroft, who was returning from a nine-month ban for his role in the ball tampering scandal when Australia toured South Africa earlier this year, did not have a successful comeback as he was caught behind off the bowling of Meredith for two runs.
With Bancroft having fallen three balls after Turner and the Scorchers struggling at 19/4, Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar came to the rescue with a 46-run partnership.
Cartwright ended up making 29 before he was caught by Ben McDermott at deep midwicket off the bowling of D’Arcy Short.
Agar went on to score 32 before he too was dismissed by Short.
David Willey fell shortly after, but Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 14-ball 20 helped the Scorchers finish on 107/8.
Meredith was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Faulkner and Short snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Rose, he chipped in with one.
Chasing 108 to win, the Hurricanes got off to a great start as captain Matthew Wade and Short amassed a 50-run partnership before Wade was caught behind off the bowling of Jhye Richardson for 24.
Short went on to score a 33-ball 34 before he was caught by Cartwright at deep midwicket off the bowling of Agar.
McDermott and George Bailey fell soon after, but Alex Doolan led the Hurricanes to victory with his unbeaten knock of 41, which came off 36 balls and included six boundaries.
Agar was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Richardson and Coulter-Nile claimed one wicket each.
Meredith was named Man of the Match.