Hurricanes v Thunder, BBL 2013-14, Hobart January 11, 2014

Thunder get a dunking as losing run hits 19

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hobart Hurricanes 5 for 167 (Dunk 96, Sandhu 3-34) beat Sydney Thunder 94 (Khawaja 28, Laughlin 3-8, Boyce 3-25) by 73 runs
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Hobart Hurricanes moved to fourth place by thumping Sydney Thunder by 73 runs, handing them their 19th consecutive loss, as the competition for the top four places got stiffer. Hurricanes' win was charged by a 54-ball 96 from Ben Dunk and stifling spells from Ben Laughlin and legspinner Cameron Boyce who took three wickets each.

Electing to bat, Dunk got going from the second over, hitting Dirk Nannes for consecutive fours. Even though Tim Paine was dismissed in the fifth over, Dunk wasn't perturbed as he targeted the leg side for three of his five sixes. He brought up his fifty off Jason Floros, who conceded 45 from four overs, with a four and a six in the 10th over and clobbered 16 more in his next over. Wickets fell at the other end but that didn't stop Dunk from racing to his career-best score and charging Hurricanes to 167 even though he fell for 96 in the 17th over.

Thunder never got going for the chase, losing two wickets in the first 13 balls, including the big wicket of Michael Hussey for 2. Three of their top four fell for single-digit scores as Usman Khawaja scored 28 at the other end before falling to Laughlin in the 10th over. Boyce wrapped up the tail by taking three wickets in six balls as Thunder saw only three more batsmen after Khawaja score in double digits and collapsed for 94. Shoaib Malik bowled an economical spell of 2 for 19 in four overs.

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  • dummy4fb on January 14, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Sydney thunder are not able to pick best 11 from the sqad...only one player is playing good that is hussey..they need to play as a team to win th game

  • Sunil_Batra on January 13, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Agreed Mary, Khawaja has been fantastic but one guy can't win the games for us. Given that each team has a $1 million salary cap, it's impossible to see how where this money is being spent. Some players are obviously grossly being over paid for the performances they are putting in, bar Khawaja and Hussey. Simply cannot fathom why they can't attract decent internationals and are so heavily reliant on a 37 year old

  • Mary_786 on January 13, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    he Thunder have moved their training facilities to Sydney Olympic park from Blacktown. Despite having Gallen in the commentary box, who also left the west to be near the coast, they are still struggling.Khawaja is one of the few players from western sydney in the team and he has been our best player for the last few seasons but we need more western sydney talent in there if we are to be succesful.

  • Mary_786 on January 13, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Khawaja and Hussey can't make up for the shortcoming of the other batsman, they are 2 classy batsman but Thunder need more, hopefully the Heat can get through.Hard to win when you only have hussey and khawaja as the only quality batsman in the team, didn't help that dilshAn who is all class got injured too

  • dummy4fb on January 12, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    The Thunder are a basket case. Re-brand them next year as the West Sydney Thunder (or whatever else) and bring in passionate West Sydney cricketers such as Patrick Cummins, Ben Rohrer and Doug Bollinger.

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