Bowlers, McDermott lift Hurricanes off the bottom spot

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Ben McDermott scored an unbeaten 53 in his team's victory
Ben McDermott scored an unbeaten 53 in his team's victory © Getty

Hobart Hurricanes' second win of the season, a clinical seven-wicket victory at home over Sydney Thunder, lifted them off the bottom spot in the standings. The home win was spearheaded by a strong bowling performance which restricted Thunder to 150, a total that was chased down courtesy a brisk, unbeaten half-century from Ben McDermott.

The Hurricanes, who opted to bowl after winning the toss, had their opponents three down inside the PowerPlay. Thunder were particularly hamstrung by the dismissal of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who was run-out without even facing a ball. The result of the wobbly start meant a period of consolidation followed. This led to a delayed push at the death and despite captain Chris Green's earnerst efforts (33* off 17), Thunder could only manage 150. Chris Jordan and Nikhil Chaudhary returned two wickets each bowling very parsimonious spells.

In stark contrast, the Hurricanes enjoyed a wicketless PowerPlay and only lost Matthew Wade after he'd added 47 runs with the belligerent Caleb Jewell (31 off 20). Both openers did fall in quick succession but the follow-up batters ensured there was no dip in tempo with Macalister Wright (34 off 25) combining with McDermott for a brisk 85-run stand. The latter remained unbeaten to polish off the chase alongside Corey Anderson, who hit a four and a six to hasten the finish.

Brief scores: Sydney Thunder 150/8 in 20 overs (Chris Green 33*; Chris Jordan 2-20, Nikhil Chaudhary 2-26) lost to Hobart Hurricanes 151/3 in 18.1 overs (Ben McDermott 53*, Macalister Wright 34; Tanveer Sangha 1-22) by 7 wickets




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