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Career-best Cook leads Thunder to next stage of finals

30 January 2020

Thunder locked in for Saturday night showdown with the Strikers

Sydney Thunder has secured a 57-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena in the first final of the ninth KFC Big Bash League season.

A complete performance from the whole side sees Thunder progress to the next stage of finals - a clash with the Strikers in Adelaide.

Alex Hales (60) and Usman Khawaja (54) proved that they're a force to be reckoned with at the top of the order, smashing 103 runs from just 9.5 overs before the Hurricanes got their first breakthrough.

Skipper Callum Ferguson (33) and Alex Ross (21) made handy contributions as Thunder recorded its highest total of the season.

Chasing 198 to win, the Hurricanes made a strong start through Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short. The dangerous opening duo helped the home side race to 0/24 after 2.5 overs before Wade was caught out off the bowling of Jonathan Cook.

Cook, who was named Player of the Match, claimed four big wickets in a career-best performance.

Chris Morris was also impressive with ball in hand, taking 3/27 from his four overs, while BKT Golden Cap wearer Daniel Sams claimed 2/24 from 3.3 overs as Thunder bowled the Hurricanes out with nine balls to spare.

THE TEAMS

Thunder made one change with right-arm quick Brendan Doggett coming into the side for Gurinder Sandhu, while the Hurricanes welcomed Simon Milenko in place of David Miller.

Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain

Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short, Mac Wright

PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

Jonathan Cook.

The leg-spinner claimed career-best figures of 4/21 from his four overs, including the game-changing scalps of dangerous opening duo Matthew Wade and D'Arcy Short.

THE NEXT STOP

Thunder head to Adelaide to take on the Strikers in the Knockout Final on Saturday night.