Big Bash League 2011-12 December 18, 2011

Hilfenhaus spell leads Hurricanes to victory

Alex Malcolm at the WACA

Hobart Hurricanes 140 (Birt 40, Edmondson 4-40) beat Perth Scorchers 109 (Hilfenhaus 2 for 10) by 31 runs

With all eyes on Australian Test incumbents Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey it was Test-discard Ben Hilfenhaus who stole the show at the WACA as the Hobart Hurricanes comfortably accounted for the Perth Scorchers in a low scoring affair.

Defending what seemed a paltry 140 on a ground that averages 176 per Twenty20 innings, Hilfenhaus exploited the pace and swing on offer with tremendous skill to claim 2 for 10 from four high quality overs.

He nicked off Scorchers' opener Herschelle Gibbs in the second over before beating Simon Katich for pace as he gloved down the leg-side for eight. Wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt accepted both catches gleefully.

Captain Xavier Doherty then pulled a rabbit out of a hat to remove Michael Hussey. Part-time offspinner Rhett Lockyear forced three dot balls before Hussey holed out in the deep trying to get off the mark. It was Lockyear's only over of the innings and he finished with figures of 1 for 1.

Former England batsman Paul Collingwood, averaging 6.5 at the WACA in two Tests and an ODI, was trapped plumb in front by Ben Laughlin for 4, to leave the Scorchers floundering at 4 for 28. Captain Marcus North departed 16 runs later top edging a sweep off Jason Krejza having been starved of the strike by the top-order collapse.

When Luke Ronchi and Brad Hogg fell in consecutive deliveries in the 15th over the game was over. Hogg's needless run-out summed up the Scorchers night as he dawdled back for two only to be beaten by a brilliant throw from Hilfenhaus.

Earlier Travis Birt top-scored for the Hurricanes in their total of 140, having won the toss and elected to bat. Birt, remarkably having left Tasmania in the winter to play for the Western Warriors this season, was back in Perth playing for the opposition. He struck three fours and one massive six in his 30-ball 40.

Ben Edmondson proved his wicket-taking ability, grabbing 4 for 40, while Michael Beer and Nathan Rimmington were extremely economical in collecting figures of 1 for 18 and 1 for 7 respectively. Collingwood also played his part as the architect of two run outs. He was helped significantly by some lazy cricket from Owais Shah and Lockyear.

For the record, Ponting made 17 for 19 balls opening the batting for the Hurricanes. Neither he nor Hussey allayed any speculation regarding their form. Hilfenhaus was the only player to make any statement in what was in the end a fairly unremarkable affair.

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  • Andrew on December 19, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs - the BBL won't generate the revenue of the IPL, but it is a lower risk model, hence it may end up being more profitable OR offer a better rate of return. @Vincent Vijay - read the above.

  • Michael on December 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I thought the Scorchers had it when they knocked the hurricanes over for 140 but the Scorchers didnt even get 110 which it surprising because the teams who are batting get a average of 176 runs... the pitch was a good one for batting it was just the bad shots that made the game so low in scoring. The bowling was good for both teams maybe the teams didnt have their bats working on sunday night.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 7:17 GMT of now i dont see BBL competing with IPL..cos the quality of foreign players in IPL is too good whereas in BBL there are only few..the no of crowd pullers are less in number.Moreover playing in front of half filled stands does not prove ur point of view tat BBL will outshine the IPL

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    hilfs and Rana naveed bowling was traffic. it is my opinion that if coach will change batting order on 1 down position, it is good for hurricanes batting line. All Players play traffic specially T.Birt.

  • Johnathon on December 19, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    I must admit, I never thought Big Bash could compete with IPL but because many Aus players are playing + the Pakistani players, this has the potential to beat IPL by a LOT

  • far on December 19, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Ponting made 17 for 19 balls he has no idea how to play t20 or its just to hard for him

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Local talent could of done a lot more for the Scorchers last night, Wes Robinson just scored a century against India in a tour game, but cant get a game for the Scorchers. You can keep the overseas "talent" home grown is the way to go

  • wayne on December 18, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Doherty did an excellent job as both captain and with the ball - I still feel that even after good returns in a dozen or so ODIs, X is an under-rated bowler. He certainly showed his ability in this game. On another note, I thought I was imagining things earlier when I first checked the scores and saw Phil Jaques and Ricky Ponting opening the batting for Hobart - this BBL sure is a strange beast...

  • Andrew on December 18, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    @jonesy2 - "doherty must be the best limited overs spinner in the world" - mate that's a little bit exagerrated? I think Doherty is a very good T20 bowler, he is fairly average in 50 over cricekt.

  • Girik on December 18, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Even in Twenty20 it is good bowling not batting that more often than not wins games.

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