Defending champions Sydney Thunder, inspired by skipper Shane Watson, stayed alive in BBL06 with a six wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes.
Hobart Hurricanes posted 161 for eight with captain George Bailey making an unbeaten 69 a day after being omitted from Australia’s ODI squad. The Tasmanian will be desperate to win back his place with the Champions Trophy less than six months away and he sent a timely reminder of his class tonight.
On debut for the Thunder, Carlos Brathwaite, in for the injured Andre Russell, took 2-31.
Sydney Thunder were always in control of the chase, reaching their target losing four wickets as James Vince marked his BBL debut with 44 and Shane Watson bounced back to form with 55.
Having missed the start of the campaign due to injury, Shane Watson had impressed with the ball but had managed scores of just 0, 3 and 3 with the bat – before tonight. The allrounder responded with a powerful 31 ball innings which included of 5 sixes. Albeit faint, his team still have hope.
James Vince had big shoes to fill following the last-ball heroics of Eoin Morgan last week, but the Englishman impressed in his first match for the Thunder. With Morgan’s tournament over due to England commitments, the Thunder have turned to Vince and he made a strong start to his BBL career, hitting six fours and a six in making 44 from just 28 balls.
Having lost their opening four games of the season, the Thunder have now won two in a row and have momentum on their side. The win tonight moves them up to four points, level with the Hurricanes, ahead of their big derby against the Sixers on Saturday. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, have almost two weeks before their next game, against the Scorchers on January 21.
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