Current game report – Hurricanes vs Thunder 45th game 2021/22


Hurricanes retaliated for their defeat three nights ago with a win in nine runs when Thunder suffered a medium-order collapse

Hurricanes in Hobart 6 for 177 (Wade 83 *, Jewell 51, Sandhu 2-27) beat Sydney thunder 9 for 168 (Hales 38, Thompson 3-24, Meredith 3-29, Lamichhane 2-26) on nine runs

Matthew Wade made an unbeaten 83 on return, then Riley Meredith detonated a fuse with the ball as Hobart Hurricanes Sydney Thunders ended six game streak with a win in nine runs at Marvel Stadium.

After Wade missed two games for personal reasons, Wade’s 54-ball knock held the Hurricanes innings together after they decided to hit before speedster Meredith Thunder’s much-touted three-wicket hit order in a seesaw contest was broken.

The fourth-placed Hurricanes (24 points) retaliated after losing nine wickets three days ago and tightened their grip in the playoffs, while Thunder (31 points) remained second to Perth Scorchers.

Wade returns in style

After hitting two of his three BBL tons at Marvel Stadium, Ben McDermott saw another big score, but Thunder got his number back when he fell to 18, passing fifth.

It nailed Wade, who returned after missing two games for personal reasons and ended up in third place instead of his usual position at the top. Wade had struggled for most of the season and was impeccably timed with a strong second ball, then beat legspinner Tanveer Sangha for two limits in the seventh round.

Wade got a life at 18 when Sangha dumped a sitter as a short third man and made Thunder pay along with Caleb Jewell, who justified the belief in keeping him opener with a 32-ball-51 wicket on the 13th over loosened one Collapse of 5 for 22 off.

After watching the carnage around him, Wade picked up Hurricanes with a late vortex. Hurricanes still don’t have the right balance in their strike order, but a tapered calf in 3rd place seems like a winner.

Donner struck back after a sharp start

The thunder seemed to fade amid the slaughter of Wade and Jewell, which was marked by ragged bowling and sloppy fields. But they did not let themselves be upset and fought back impressively to turn the script around spectacularly. In shape sailor Gurinder Sandhu claimed two wickets in a momentum-shifting 13th place when Thunder broke the fragile middle order of Hurricanes.

They claimed five wickets in a devastating 25-ball burst, interrupted by a sparkling Yorker from Mohammad Hasnain, to an ashen Jordan Thompson in the 17th. Apart from 16 rounds in the 12th round, Hasnain was once again irrepressible with full and fast bowling.

But the disciplined Thunder would have been disappointed with their bowling and fielding in the first 10 overs, which ultimately proved costly.

Meredith is sizzling fast

Aside from taking the Matthew Gilkes wicket in the first over, Meredith struggled with his rhythm and his idiosyncratic bowling was promptly hit by Alex Hales. Fellow seaman Tom Rogers, her lead wicket taker that season, fared no better when Hurricanes lost their nerve under siege when Thunder 1 was in power play for 56 most runs by a team that season.

They clawed back through Thompson, claiming key wickets from Hales and replacement skipper Jason Sangha, who fell to an excellent slower ball. Then Meredith swung the match through spectacularly in the 11th round, bowling Ollie Davies and Ben Cutting clean at sheer pace when the Hurricanes gained a stranglehold.

Meredith, who played five T20Is for Australia last year, had an intermittent start to the BBL season, picking up just three wickets in his last five games. With his deadly pace and full-length song skills, the 25-year-old reminded national voters in time.

Thunder shakes from the collapse of the middle order

In the hunt for 178, Thunder looked extremely confident under the closed roof as they dominated the power play. Hales was patient early last time during his undefeated 80 against Hurricanes, but he was in a hurry here.

Hales shattered David’s spin for five limits in the second run and sped on 27 of just 10 deliveries after handing in a quick delivery from Meredith for six. His stormy 17-ball 38 ended in the fifth over, but Thunder still looked on course until they lost 4 for 10 mid-innings.

Nathan McAndrew tried his best in the end to conjure up a wonderful win, but it wasn’t enough as Thunder lost for the first time since December 26th.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth

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