Thunder strike in Launceston

31 December 2017 23:34:49 GMTPlus11
Jos Buttler

Hobart Hurricanes are still waiting for their first win of the Big Bash League season, after losing to Sydney Thunder in Launceston.

A superb innings from Jos Buttler and some excellent spin bowling from Fawad Ahmed, Arjun Nair and Chris Green saw the Thunder home.

Hobart looked rusty after nine games between games, while the visitors secured their second win of the tournament.

Buttler smashed four sixes and five fours in his innings of 67 from 41 balls to set up a solid total before the Thunder's spinners bamboozled the home side's top order.

Buttler targeted debutant Thomas Rogers, notching four sixes in an over including a 108-metre effort and one from a no-ball that was called for an above head-high bouncer.

When Buttler was bowled by Clive Rose in the 14th over Shane Watson kept the scoreboard ticking over with two fours in the following over.

But Watson was then out to a bizarre run-out in which he was left stranded while batting with Callum Ferguson.

Rose, Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills bowled superbly to concede just 27 in the last four overs.

Ferguson batted on to the end, finishing unbeaten on 24 from 21 balls as the Thunder finished on 166/5.

The Hurricanes made a decent start when D'Arcy Short struck two fours and a six to three different parts of the ground in the second over from Gurinder Singh.

But the visitors claimed wickets that slowed the scoring rate, starting when Mitchell McClenaghan bowled Short through the gate.

Hobart lost five for 34 during eight hours of spin as Fawad and Nair took a wicket each in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th overs respectively to kill off the game.

Sydney Thunder are 13.00 to win the Big Bash League title.

The Thunder are 1.66 to win their next game against Hobart, who are 2.30.

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