BBL 2018/19 19th Match: Short leads Hurricanes to fifth straight win

D'Arcy Short 64 Hobart Hurricanes Sydney Sixers Big Bash League BBL 19th Match cricket

D’Arcy Short’s superb form with the bat continued

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D’Arcy Short struck a 42-ball 64 as the Hobart Hurricanes secured their fifth consecutive victory with a five-wicket win over the Sydney Sixers.

Being put in to bat first, the Sixers got off to a dismal start as opener Joe Denly was clean bowled by Johan Botha for 10.

Justin Avendano fell in Botha’s next over as he was caught behind for five runs.

Daniel Hughes and Sixers captain Moises Henriques stabililsed the innings with a 67-run partnership before Henriques was run out by a combined effort from Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade and Short for 31.

Hughes went on to score a 40-ball 61, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Botha.

The Sixers began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Hughes’ dismissal, but Tom Curran’s quickfire 19 towards the end of the innings helped them finish on 161/8.

Botha and James Faulkner picked up three wickets apiece, while Jofra Archer chipped in with one.

Chasing 162 to win, the Hurricanes made a brisk start to their innings before Wade was caught by Steve O’Keefe at deep third man off the bowling of Curran for 15.

Short and Alex Doolan made up for the loss of Wade with a 52-run stand before Doolan was caught by Curran at deep midwicket off the bowling of Sean Abbott for 26.

Short ended up scoring 64, which came off 42 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Abbott.

Ben McDermott fell shortly after, while George Bailey made a 17-ball 30 before he was sent packing by Ben Dwarshuis.

Thanks to Bailey and Simon Milenko, the Hurricanes got across the finish line with a ball to spare.

Abbott was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Curran, O’Keefe and Dwarshuis claimed one wicket each.

Short was named Man of the Match.

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