Short sizzles as 'Canes blow Sixers away

23 December 2016

Hobart begin BBL|06 campaign with a bang thanks to opening pair and a vintage Tait spell

KFC BBL|06, Match 4


The score: Hobart Hurricanes 6-200 (Paine 63, Short 61) beat Sydney Sixers 140 (Billings 42, Tait 3-32)

The match in a tweet: Sixers cut Short! Debutant opener blazes 21-ball 50 as Hurricanes thrash Sixers #BBL06

The hero: D'Arcy Short, what an introduction! Playing in his first BBL match, the Northern Territory product blasted a stunning half-century to put the Hurricanes on the path to a massive total. Short raced out of the blocks by taking 19 from Ben Dwarshuis in the second over and then 20 from Joe Mennie in the fourth, plonking sixes over long on and cover as he lit up the SCG. His half-century came up from just 21 balls – the second-fastest in Hobart's history and the equal-sixth quickest in BBL history – before his 29-ball show ended at 61 when he was caught at deep cover.

Short goes long en route to stunning 61

The victim: Young seamer Dwarshuis had a night to forget. Entrusted to take the new ball, he was carted by Short and failed to bowl out his complement of overs, conceding 44 from his three overs. He took the wicket with Dom Michael with his final ball, which may have been some consolation.

The veteran: Tim Paine played second fiddle to Short in the early stage of the Hurricanes' innings but picked up the slack when his opening partner departed, creaming seven fours and two sixes as he found form in style. The keeper-batsman plundered 63 from 45, playing a crucial role in what proved to be a winning total.

Paine makes an important half century

The song: Ricky Ponting, take a bow! We don't know how he remembers this song about Mark Waugh by the Barmy Army, but he didn't miss a word!

Ricky Ponting sings Mark Waugh song

The moment: The Sixers were rattling along at 10 an over after the PowerPlay but the innings clearly hinged on the presence of Jason Roy, who had deposited a couple of sixes and was threatening to hunt down the massive target. But the Englishman came unstuck when he looked to sweep a Cameron Boyce delivery from well outside off stump, missed, and was smartly stumped by Tim Paine. From that point forward, the task looked beyond the Sixers.

Jason Roy with another big bash or two

The yorker: Shaun Tait got hit around in his first over but he returned with a bang, taking 3-32 including this searing 148kph yorker to remove Sixers' top scorer Sam Billings and destroy stump cam in the process.

Tait's 148km/h stump-breaker causes delay

The catch: Clive Rose couldn't get the smile off his face … and what a wicket was – Sixers' match-winner against the Thunder, Moises Henriques. And first ball, no less.

Clive rose to occasion with classic catch

The drops: Something in the air in BBL|06? We've seen some fairly straightforward dropped chances so far in the tournament, and tonight at the SCG was no different; Steve O'Keefe, Roy and Short all put down catches they would have normally held.

The wash-up: #CaneTrain off with a bang! They were flattened in this match last year and never really recovered, but Hobart's impressive all-round display tonight augurs well for the season ahead. The Sixers, meanwhile, are one from two, having produced a memorable and a forgettable display within the space of three nights. 

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