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Hobart Hurricanes' hopes hit by SCG abandonment

There was a share of the points in Sydney as welcome rain swept through the city

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
Josh Philippe charged and missed, Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, Big Bash, SCG, January 16, 2020

Josh Philippe charged and missed  •  Getty Images and Cricket Australia

Sydney Sixers 2 for 45 v Hobart Hurricanes - Match abandoned
No one will begrudge New South Wales - or anywhere in Australia - some desperately needed rain even if it did mean an abandonment after less than seven overs at the SCG between the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes.
The share of the points was more damaging to the Hurricanes who remain second-bottom with seven points from their 10 matches with just four games remaining to try and squeeze into the knockouts. The Sixers stay second behind runaway leaders the Melbourne Stars.
With the forecast poor from well before the start it was no surprise that the Hurricanes bowled first on winning a delayed toss. They made useful inroads during the powerplay as Josh Philippe charged and missed against Clive Rose then James Vince was caught behind off Scott Boland when he tried to use his feet.
Daniel Hughes was forming a promising innings having reached 26 off 22 balls with some pleasing off-side strokes as he and captain Moises Henriques tried to steady the innings. Henriques survived a run out chance when George Bailey missed from point two balls before the rain became too heavy.
The Sixers' next match is the local derby against the Sydney Thunder on Saturday while the Hurricanes face the Adelaide Strikers in Launceston on Sunday

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo