Superb Hurricanes brush aside slumping Thunder
The Hobart Hurricanes strengthened their chances of becoming the first team to qualify for the KFC Big Bash semi finals thanks to a five wicket victory over the Sydney Thunder at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Owais Shah (41) lead the charge, smashing five boundaries to help the home side chase down the Thunder’s total of 138-8 with 8 balls to spare as the Hurricanes made it four wins on the bounce.
Jonathan Wells (29) and Travis Brit (29) got the home side off to a good start thanks to a 2nd wicket stand of 49 after Phil Jaques was bowled by Fidel Edwards (2-33) with the third delivery of their run chase.
Tom Triffitt enjoyed a quick fore cameo before Matt Johnson (6) sealed the victory by dispatching Luke Butterworth (1-25) over the deep midwicket boundary for a six.
Having won their first two games the Thunder now sit on the back of a two game losing streak thanks to another disappointing performance with the bat despite another batting master class from Chris Gayle.
The West Indian smashed five sixes and two boundaries during a brief 33 ball innings which saw him smash 53 run before he was dismissed by Jason Krejza (2-29) in the 14th over.
Sean Abbott (39) offered support but with Gayle gone the Thunders middle order buckled under the pressure as they slipped from 114-2 to just 136-8 thanks to some impressive bowling from Naved-ul-Hasan (3-22) to leave the Hurricanes facing a small run chase.