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Hurricanes too hot for Heat to handle

9 December 2012 15:28

The Hobart Hurricanes comfortably beat Brisbane Heat with an over to spare in their Big Bash League clash on Sunday.

An Owais Shah and Travis Birt partnership of 95 runs was enough to see Hobart chase down the Heat's score of 172-6 with eight wickets in hand and six balls to spare.

It took the Heat batsmen until the third over to cut loose, with captain Shane Watson (17) smashing consecutive sixes off Bollinger (0-47) - the first an 89m pull shot and the second a perfectly straight drive.

Watson was gone next over, though, when he scooped a Michael Hogan delivery to Xavier Doherty at mid-off.

Hogan then claimed Pomersbach in his next over to have the hosts in trouble at 39-2.

Joe Burns (44) and Dan Christian (49) launched the Heat fightback, and at 120-3 after 15 overs, Brisbane would have been eyeing off a score in the region of 190.

But the Hurricanes kept them pegged down with some tight bowling and a handful of useful wickets.

Some creative shot-making from Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera (22) in the last over lifted the total to a respectable 172-6.

The Hurricanes built their innings relatively slowly but effectively, gaining momentum as the first five overs passed without the loss of a wicket.

When Tim Paine (29) finally fell to James Hopes in the sixth over, Hobart already had 50 runs on the board.

Jon Wells scored 39, while Shah (32 not out) smashed Ben Cutting for 16 off one over, and James Hopes went for 22 at the hands of Birt (57 not out) as the Hurricanes cruised home.

Meanwhile, in Sunday's other BBL clash, the Adelaide Strikers opened their campaign with a six-wicket win over Perth Scorchers.

Phil Hughes smashed 74 and Nathan Reardon 42 as the Strikers chased down the 163 runs required for victory with four balls to spare.

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