Sydney Thunder have won the Academy Tournament for a third year running, this year beating the Hobart Hurricanes in the Quadrangular Series which also featured the Sydney Sixers Academy and the Lahore Qalandars.
In the final at Pratten Park the Hurricanes won the toss and batted, but lost early wickets on a slow wicket and an outfield that lacked pace.
Charlie Wakim was able to make runs, his 30 came from 24 balls until he was run out. Rose was out for a duck before captain Simon Milenko (18) and Hamish Kingston (47*) started to shift through the gears putting on crucial runs though the final overs of the game.
Cameron Boyce was ran out from the final ball of the innings on 17 as the Hurricanes finished on 6 for 131 with Param Uppal starring with the ball taking three wickets for 19, his first two overs went for 6 runs with three wickets. Green took 1 for 15 from his four overs.
Thunder made a slow start with Jordan Guaci who had been one of the stars of the Thunder side this season being bowled without scoring. Josh Clarke, his fellow opener took his time and despite going periods without finding the boundary he was a constant in the Thunder’s innings.
Gibson tried to get the scoreboard moving but was caught for 21 from 19, which included three fours. Jay Lenton then joined Clarke and started to move Thunder forward as they searched to reach their 132 target.
Lenton and Clarke formed a busy partnership, the pair combined for 57 runs before Clarke was finally dismissed for 44 from 41 balls, his innings including three fours and a six.
Rohrer made just three as the score slipped to 4-96. Green then joined Lenton and hit two sixes that helped Thunder close in on their target before Green was out for 16 for 10 balls. Things got tight when Uppal was out without scoring.
In the final over, after a tense start Jay Lenton hitting a six to win and finish unbeaten on 46 from 33 balls.